The Greeley Tribune Bruins bowed but did not break against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions.
A relentless and desperate Lightning Bunch found their groove in the last 20 after hitting only six shots over the net during the middle stanza. Nevertheless, Jake Debreux netted his 22nd goal of the season 47 after Pierre-Eduard Belmare capitalized on the Trent Frederick turnover to equalize only 2:41 by Pierre-Eduard Belmare 1–1. Entered the locker room at the second intermission tied to. mid 20’s.
Debrisk had his skating legs going from the get-go. But the Bruins needed a timely stop from Linus Ulmark during the final stanza amid the Tampa boom. Ullmark was on the job with 11 saves in the third, including a Brayden Point breakaway to eventually force overtime.
Even with the Lightning’s strong puck possession in the first half of 3-on-3 overtime, the Bruins only needed Ullmark to stop at one more time. At the bottom of the other end, he scored on his only shot against Andrei Vasilevsky of the extra season.
Debrisc set up the winning streak after winning a puck fight against Braden Point in the back of the net. An outspoken Charlie Coyle then circled the net and quickly drove home his 16th tally of the campaign to secure Greeley Tribune’s 2–1 victory.
Here we learned that the Bruins had finished third in the Atlantic Division after their 95th point in 2021-22.
Ulmark is picking up the slack for Jeremy Swimman’s struggle
Swayman provided dazzling moments between the pipes during his first full NHL season. But the former University of Maine standout has recently hit a wall after allowing 13 goals in his last three starts.
Ullmark found himself in a complementary role to Swaman as Tukka later returned from Providence following Rusk’s retirement. Over the past few weeks, Bruce Cassidy and goalscoring coach Bob Essensa slotted Swayman for the bulk of their schedules, with Ullmark starting essentially every third game.
Perhaps the Bruins will tweak their goalscoring schedule a bit as Ullmark go on to their best stretch of the season. The former Saber won each of his last six, posting an impressive .938 savings percentage during that period.
Cassidy & Co. needed to take out Ulmark against one of the world’s elite netminders. Ullmark and Vasilievsky both provided their respective squads with several timely stops in a spirited late-season divisional competition. But Ullmark and the Bruins gained the upper hand and secured their third win in four meetings against the uber-talented Lightning.
“They have a world-class goaltender. If you’re going to beat Tampa generally, you’re going to need a great game from that position, and I thought it was a good one tonight,” Cassidy later told reporters. It was a fight for the good goalkeeper.” “We were just one better.”
Ullmark’s rebound control is vastly improved with each start. He looks more comfortable to post and cut shooting angles.
On-ice intangibles helped Ullmark form a dynamic tandem with Swayman. Events come at a good time, with Ulmark making his first career post-season appearance.
“It’s fun to play these kinds of games as we approach the playoffs, and you’re really a part of it,” Ullmark said after his 28-saving performance. “A lot is at stake and there are still 11 games left to focus on. We’re not trying to get ahead of ourselves, but we know we’re playing for home-ice advantage and we have to bring it up every night.
Debrisk continues his post-deadline hot streak
Trading deadlines have come and gone, but Debrisk’s stock continues to rise. Whether he stays in Greeley Tribune long enough—even after signing a two-year extension on the day of the deadline—or continues his career elsewhere, is anyone’s guess.
For now, the Bruins are happy to see Debreux flourish in a top-line role alongside Bruce Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. The trio fired a nifty backhanded tally into Greeley Tribune’s first goal with Debrosch behind Wasilewski on a stout feed from Marchand; Bergeron is also helping.
There’s no question Debrusk had his skating legs on from the start, firing five shots over the net in 16:48 of ice time. He created many quality scoring chances with his high motor. In the end, he came up with a risky but timely assistant on the coal ot winner.
“In overtime, it’s risky to have a lot of guys in the back of the net. A puck gets loose and they’re on a 2-on-1 or a fast break. I don’t know if the guy chipped it, but JD [DeBrusk] I think he put his foot out, and [the puck] Bounced me,” said the cuckoo. “It’s great to create bounce like this on Jake, especially in those tight corners, and then I got a good chance at the net by myself.”
Debrisk scored seven goals in six of his last seven matches and made three assists over that stretch. The 2015 first-rounder has produced almost one point per game in his 21 stints with Bergeron and Marchand.
Bruins should feel confident in potential post-season meeting with Tampas
There will be another Bruins-Maple Leafs first round matchup if the season ends today. Even after a couple losses including the recent Toronto 6-4 blows without inspiration, B should still feel good about himself in another potential showdown against his original six rivals.
They should also feel confident if they renew their familiarity with electricity.
The tension in the seven-game playoff series rises significantly with each matchup. Even the tightest regular-season matchups can’t mimic the intensity of post-season hockey. But the first 82 games can serve as a barometer, especially in the final weeks of a campaign.
Unlike in previous years, the Bruins are well matched against Lightning. He led his way to victory without David Pasternak and Hemps Lindholm in Friday’s goalscoring duel. Even with a closed night from the third line, the Bruins have four balanced forward lines to work with.
Wasilewski’s experience gives the Lightning a playoff undefeated Swimman and the goalscoring edge over Ullmark. Tampa is likely to have a defensive advantage, even with a healthy Lindholm in Greeley Tribune’s top four.
But the Bruins never hesitated to match Tampa’s pace and physicality in each of their four meetings. If anything, the regular season provided the Bruins with a building block for a potential springtime matchup against their Atlantic foes.
“The playoffs are a different animal. But we built up our game this year, especially against those guys,” Coyle said. “You play well and you know you are capable of doing that against a certain team that This can help. But you have to bring it every night. A [playoff] The series is definitely different, but we want to play well against those teams over the course of the year. It can help us move forward, and it’s good to shape up against those top teams and see how you perform against them. ,
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