BOTHELL (AP) — The Boston Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Tuesday night to extend their NHL-record home winning run to 13 games. Taylor Hall scored twice in the victory.
For the Bruins, whose 3-2 overtime victory over Carolina on Friday eclipsed the previous mark of 11 established by the 1963–64 Chicago Blackhawks and matched by the Florida Panthers last season, backup goalkeeper Jeremy Swayman made 27 saves. Brad Marchand also scored an empty-netter.
First-year Bruins coach Jim Montgomery explained the streak by saying, “For us, it’s more about our method that allows us to have positive outcomes.” We agree on how we believe things should operate and we trust that process.
The 999th point in Steven Stamkos’ career came on a power play goal, while Andrei Vasilievskiy made 23 saves for Tampa Bay. Six of the Lightning’s last seven games had ended in victories.
Ross Colton, a centre for Tampa Bay, stated, “I think these are the (games) you circle.” “These are the ones you should compare yourself to. I believe we played really well overall.”
2:49 into the third period, Hall received a pass from Nick Foligno, who began to circle the goal before quickly turning and centering the puck. Hall then fired a shot from the slot for the game’s winning goal.
Hall stated, “I think we’re showing that it’s really about us and how we play, no matter who we’re playing.” “The team’s top players are coming, and they’re coming fast. I believe we are confident that if we play our game, we will likely prevail.”
With just under seven minutes remained in the game, Swayman crossed the crease and made a spectacular save on Corey Perry by flashing his right pad.
In my opinion, that was the best he had looked all season, according to Montgomery, his netminder. “In the crease, really calm.”
Stamkos’ goal for Tampa Bay with 1:40 remaining in the second period knotted the game.
Before Stamkos scored on a one-timer off a pass from Nikita Kucherov from close to the left circle, Swayman turned off four or five quality chances.
Even though we’ve been successful in terms of wins, Swayman noted that “players have gone up and down in different mental states and everything.” They are putting up the effort necessary to perform on the ice, and that is unique.
Just 67 seconds into the game, Hall made it 1-0 after a sparsely productive opening frame. Hall, who was positioned in the slot, tipped in a shot from the point by Brandon Carlo, causing the puck to drop from about waist height and slip between Vasilievskiy’s pads.