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Haggerty: Bruins show little pushback in Game 3 loss to Tampa

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GOLD STAR: There were a number of standout players for the Lightning in the blowout win, but give it to Alex Killorn as the former Harvard star that did some damage against the Black and Gold. Killorn finished with a pair of goals and three points along with a plus-2 in 20:17 of ice time and scored the fourth goal for the Lightning that ultimately chased Jaroslav Halak from the game.

It was a grinding rebound score in front after Halak couldn’t corral an Ondrej Palat tester and it really pushed Tampa Bay to a point where the B’s weren’t going to catch them. Killorn finished with four shots on net, six shot attempts, six hits and had a blocked shot in a very complete effort for the Lightning. Contrast that with the lack of anything from the middle-6 forwards for the Bruins and you see why the Lightning are now up 2-1 in the series.   

BLACK EYE: Zdeno Chara is renowned as the NHL’s most effective penalty killer, but he was far from that in the stunningly bad loss for the Bruins. Chara was on the ice for all three power play goals surrendered to the Tampa Bay Lightning and once again looked like he’s toward the end of the road as a 43-year-old defenseman struggling to keep up with the younger legs.

Chara had four shot attempts, a couple of hits and a blocked shot in his 18:04 of ice time, but has already been on the ice for a half-dozen Tampa goals in the series as the main shutdown guy for the Black and Gold. It’s problematic to expect things that Chara isn’t capable of right now given the long layoff and his advanced 43 years of age, but he at least needs to be bulletproof on the penalty kill. He wasn’t that all in Game 3 and that’s part of the reason things got ugly.

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TURNING POINT: The Bruins really were off balance right from the jump in Game 3 as a couple of penalties knocked them off-kilter and eventually the Lightning scored on their second power play of the first period. Then the Bolts scored again on the next shift when linesman Devin Berg got in the way of Jeremy Lauzon, essentially set a pick on him and then freed up Yanni Gourde on a breakaway goal that he scored to make it a 2-0 quick lead for Tampa Bay.

The Bruins never really made any plays to get back into the game, and instead fell down by a 4-1 score in the second period before Bruce Cassidy opted to yank Jaroslav Halak in favor of Daniel Vladar. At that point it was all over for the Bruins and there was very little pushback from the B’s in terms of climbing out of the hole. For a normally resilient Bruins group, they didn’t bounce back from anything in Game 3.

HONORABLE MENTION: Torey Krug didn’t have a great game by any means, but at least he held up his end of the bargain creating a goal on the power play and showing some spirit and fight on the ice as the ship was going down. Krug made a nice play to get a pass down to Brad Marchand at the backdoor on the PP for a power play score and he later dropped the gloves with Tyler Johnson as the Bruins were falling behind in the second period.

Krug finished with the assist, eight shot attempts and four hits in 16:35 of ice time while being one of the few productive B’s players. Krug exited the game in the second period for a brief moment of time for unknown reasons, but he returned to finish out the game along with the rest of a temporarily defeated group of B’s players.

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 – the number of power play goals allowed by the Bruins to the Tampa Bay Lightning after allowing just three power play goals in the first 10 games that Boston played in the Toronto bubble.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The disappointing part about that is that we weren’t able to get ourselves back in the game by killing any further penalties or creating offense, or having a push back. That’s what we lacked tonight for whatever reason. But it’s over. We’re going to focus on Game 4."