Bruins defeat Lightning in OT
By Peter Santo
A night after Lee Stempniak was the overtime hero against the Florida Panthers, Brad Marchand decided to follow suit. The Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 1-0 in Overtime last night in a game that was eerily similar to game 7 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals.
Marchand finally put a puck past Ben Bishop just ten seconds into Overtime, sealing the shutout and securing the extra point for the B’s.
Patrice Bergeron flew down the wing and found Marchand streaking towards the net for the game winning goal.
“I knew if I got to the net Bergy would find me — and he does all the time,” said Marchand.
The victory capped off a Florida sweep for the Bruins, and tied them for the Atlantic Division lead with 83 points.
“It’s great to see the results,” said Bergeron. “That’s what you’re playing for, to get the results, and learn from past mistakes and to grow as a team and I think we’ve been doing that.”
“We have 14 games left. We have some more work to do, but at the same time, I think at this time of the year, we’re starting to see some good things happening,” said Bergeron. “And we’ve got to keep growing as a team in all areas of the game.”
While the Bruins are playing well at the right time, they realize it is never perfect, and more work must be done.
“It will never be perfect,” said Head Coach Claude Julien. “You can talk to any coach in this league — it doesn’t matter how many points we get, we always look for our team to be better.”
Goaltender Jonas Gustavsson made 42 saves for the seventh shutout of his career. “He made a few huge saves especially late in the game and really kept us in it, so this one is definitely all him,” said Marchand.
“He was outstanding, I thought,” said Julien. “That big save, as you know, with the pad in the second period and even other saves like that. He was big and they had to be good to beat him tonight and that’s a huge boost for our team when you can put a goaltender like that in a big game and play the way he did.”