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Overcoming a large deficit is seemingly a difficult task to accomplish.
Not for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Martin St. Louis sparked a resurgent comeback with a pair of goals and extended his point streak to eight games, while the Lightning scored four unanswered points in the final 25 minutes before falling for just the fourth time in the last 12 in a resilient comeback effort to the Bruins.
“I definitely thought we battled hard,” forward Steve Downie said. “We were down 4-0 at home and to come back and make it a game showed some determination. We almost had it.”
Downie also scored twice for Tampa Bay, marking a career-high five games with a point, and Steven Stamkos recorded at least a point for the 11th straight game to match a team season high with three assists in the contest.
The loss moved the Lightning to 10-2-2 in their last 14 games at home.
Boston, meanwhile, won its third straight and received contributions from Miroslav Satan, Milan Lucic and Michael Ryder.
“We’re going to focus on the positives this game rather than the negatives,” Lucic said. “That’s getting the win.”
Satan gave Boston a 1-0 lead to open the game at 4:24.
Lucic padded the Bruins lead with a deflection after a shot from the point redirected past Lightning goaltender Antero Niittymaki.
Niittymaki, who entered the contest with a .965 save percentage and a 1.09 goals-against average in his last eight starts, made 17 saves before yielding to Mike Smith in the second period.
Ryder made it 3-0 at 15:44 and extended the advantage on the power play just 1:45 later when he sent a rebound above Niittymaki’s right shoulder.
“We’ve been playing well and have ben getting some good chances, I just couldn’t manage to get those goals,” Ryder said. “I kind of got away from shooting the puck there for a little while, but I think that happens. It felt good to get a couple.”
Lucic netted his second of the game to open the middle stanza when a shot by Zdeno Chara ricocheted off the Bruins winger and into the net past Smith to extend the lead to five goals.
St. Louis chipped away at the lead with a backhand at 16:10 in the second period.
The Lightning winger trimmed the deficit again just under three minutes later on the power play, which stirred the momentum.
“That power play goal there in the second kind of turned it around,” Lucic added. “You’ve got to give them credit though. They came out hard and weren’t going to die. They showed a lot of character that way.”
Downie brought Tampa Bay to within one with a pair of goals in the final period, but couldn’t find the equalizer as the Bolts fell for just the first time in their last five.
Victor Hedman capped a career-high three assists on Tampa Bay’s final goal.
“The first seven minutes I thought we were playing really well. Then it just kind of snowballed,” Tampa Bay head coach Rick Tocchet said. “Marty [St. Louis] did a good job of getting us back into it.”
“It’s something to build on. It shows that we’re not a team that gives up,” Downie added. “We were battling right until the end of the game, and now we’ve got to carry that third period onto the road. We need these points before the break.”
|Miroslav Satan (3) ASST: Marc Savard (21), Derek Morris (21)|
1 - 0 BOS
|Milan Lucic (4) ASST: Michael Ryder (10), Andrew Ference (6)|
2 - 0 BOS
|Michael Ryder (14) ASST: Blake Wheeler (18), Derek Morris (22)|
3 - 0 BOS
|PPG - Michael Ryder (15) ASST: Marc Savard (22), Patrice Bergeron (25)|
4 - 0 BOS
|Milan Lucic (5) ASST: Zdeno Chara (28), Daniel Paille (9)|
5 - 0 BOS
|Martin St. Louis (21) ASST: Victor Hedman (12), Steven Stamkos (31)|
5 - 1 BOS
|PPG - Martin St. Louis (22) ASST: Kurtis Foster (20), Steven Stamkos (32)|
5 - 2 BOS
|Steve Downie (12) ASST: Victor Hedman (13), Steven Stamkos (33)|
5 - 3 BOS
|Steve Downie (13) ASST: Victor Hedman (14), Martin St. Louis (47)|
5 - 4 BOS
|Matt Walker Fighting (maj) against Shawn Thornton|
|Shawn Thornton Fighting (maj) against Matt Walker|
|Miroslav Satan Tripping against Mattias Ohlund|
|Mattias Ohlund Cross checking against Miroslav Satan|
|Steve Downie Roughing against Miroslav Satan|
|Steve Downie Roughing against Miroslav Satan|
|Miroslav Satan Roughing against Steve Downie|
|Mattias Ohlund Holding against Blake Wheeler|
|Zdeno Chara Holding against Steve Downie|
|Zdeno Chara Roughing against Steve Downie|
|Steve Downie Roughing against Zdeno Chara|
|Todd Fedoruk Interference against Blake Wheeler|
|Michael Ryder Holding against Mike Lundin|
|David Krejci Holding against Vincent Lecavalier|
|Zdeno Chara Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Dennis Wideman Hooking against Steve Downie|
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