Everything seemed to go the Bruins way in their 4-1 win over Tampa Bay this afternoon. One of the big takeaways from this win was Jimmy Hayes, who “threw the monkey off his back”, snapping his goal drought that has been haunting him since last February. Hayes scored his first goal of the season, first in 36 games, late in the 2nd period which extended the Bruins lead by 3. The tipped goal came off of a Tim Schaller pass to Hayes who was camped just left of the net. As soon as Hayes saw the puck float passed Bishop and hit the back of the twine he instantly reached over his shoulder and threw the metaphorical monkey over the boards. David Pastrnak added another goal to his name on the stat sheet by scoring his team leading 13th goal of the season. Tuukka Rask looked elite, per usual, this afternoon making 30 saves only to miss out on another shutout by 2 minutes and 39 seconds. Victor Hedman gave the Lightning their first goal in the game late in the 3rd, ruining Rask’s perfect performance. The Bruins and Lightning went into the locker room scoreless after the first, but little did we know the Bruins offense would burst out in the second. Boston scored 3 goals in the 2nd coming from Moore, Backes and Hayes. Although Boston had a merely flawless game, injuries were present early in the matchup. John Michael-Liles went crashing head first into the boards on a net drive in the first to not return in the game. The Bruins were forced to play with 5 D-men for the rest of the game, who were already without Zdeno Chara. Miller time, Kevin Miller and Colin Miller, got extended ice time because of the shortage. The defense held up extremely well and had Rask to back them up the entire way.

Scoring:

1st Period:

No Goals were Scored

2nd Period

2:24 BOS – Dominic Moore (6) assisted by Ryan Spooner, Colin Miller

12:30 BOS – David Backes (5) (PP) assists by Torey Krug, Patrice Bergeron

17:33 BOS – Jimmy Hayes (1) assists by Time Schaller, David Krejci

3rd Period

9:43 BOS – David Pastrnak (13) assisted by Torey Krug, Brad Marchand

17:21 TB – Victor Hedman (5) assisted by Nikita Nesterov, Brayden Point

3 Stars:

1st Star: Tuukka Rask, 30 Saves, .968 SV%

2nd Star: Torey Krug, 2 assists

3rd Star: Jimmy Hayes, 1 goal

The Bruins get a day of rest before they take on the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. The game will be on NBCSN as the two rivals clash at the Wells Fargo Center.