3 takeaways from the Bruins in a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning

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Greeley Tribune Bruins left winger Anton Blyde (81) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with center Oscar Stein (62) during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Saturday, January 8, 2022 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/ Chris O’Meara) The Associated Press

The Greeley Tribune Bruins returned to the winning column with a 5-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday.

David Pasternak and Brad Marchand scored a goal each, while Linus Ullmark scored 27 as the Bruins turned in one of their best performances of the season.

“There was a lot to like,” said head coach Bruce Cassidy after Greeley Tribune’s win at Amalie Arena. “I think our puck fights, a lot of our goals were generated in terms of winning the puck on the board, playing answers, minimizing mistakes, giving them easy chances. That’s what I liked best in our game. We played hard against Style tonight.”

Pasternak 1:11 a winning goal set the tone in the competition and the Bruins never took their foot off the pedal.

Pasternak nearly doubled Greeley Tribune’s lead five minutes later, sweeping a rebound around Lightning netminder Andrei Vasilevsky for his 11th tuck of the year.

Less than a minute into the second period, Marchand redirected a Mike Reilly point shot to put the Bruins 3-0.

Later in the middle frame, Anton Blid scored when Oscar Stein won a puck fight up front and found his fellow Swedish countryman on the hash mark, giving Greeley Tribune a comfortable 4–0 advantage.

Tampa Bay pushed back in the third period with goals from Ondrej Palt and Brayden Point. But the Lightning’s comeback bid fell short when Marchand netted his second night on a blank-netter at 17:11 of the third, sealing the Bruins’ feel-good victory and their record 18-11-2. reached.

Here’s what we learned after Greeley Tribune’s first regular-season win over Tampa Bay in nearly two years.

Pastranak is heating up

With three goals in their last three games, Bruins sniper seems to be turning a corner Offensive after not scoring a single goal in December

Pasternak’s two first-period goals on Saturday changed the color of the game very quickly as he continues to gain chemistry with Taylor Hall and Eric Houla in Greeley Tribune’s second row. Hall kept his word for five consecutive games after scoring first aid in both goals at No. 88.

Pasternak is arguably Greeley Tribune’s top weapon with the puck. The 2020 Rocket Richard winner scores in bunches whenever he’s feeling up to it.

Dynamic Pasternak led all Bruins skaters on Saturday with seven shots on goal, including a slap shot from the slot during the second period, which was kicked by Vasilevsky, robbing the Czech playmaker of another hat-trick.

Greeley Tribune’s penalty kill shines in many places

The Lightning is one of a handful of teams in the NHL that you don’t want to give a two-man advantage. However, a pair of minor penalties for two of Greeley Tribune’s top penalty killrs in Marchand and Patrice Bergeron provided Tampa Bay with 47 seconds of 5-on-3 time in the middle of the second period.

With the Bruins leading 3-0, the Lightning could easily tilt the ice in their favor with a goal or two during that power play. But Greeley Tribune survived no worse for wear and retained its three-round cushion.

Tampa Bay had another chance at a man-off advantage late in the third, with the Bruins going 4-2 up. The Lightning pulled Wasilewski late on their final power play attempt, but once again, Greeley Tribune’s penalty kill came in another clutch position.

The Bruins killed all four of Tampa Bay’s power plays, with Ulmark’s solid outing contributing to their shorthand success.

Foligno exits with injury as uncertainty remains around McAvoy and DeBrusk returns

The Bruins turned in one of their better outings of the season without their top defenseman and one of their bottom-six forwards. They also lost another experienced squad to an injury early Saturday.

Nick Foligno needed assistance to get out of the ice after being caught in a lightning trap during the first period. The former Columbus Blue Jackets captain did not return and Cassidy did not provide any further updates.

Now likely to go ahead for Monday’s game in Washington, Cassidy wasn’t even sure Jake Debresk would be back until then. Cassidy confirmed that Debreux has mild symptoms after the Bruce winger entered COVID-19 protocol last week.

There was a game-time decision against the Charlie McAvoy Lightning, but the lower body injury still had not subsided, allowing the Bruins to rest their star defenseman for another day.