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Bruins Nearly Blow Huge Lead, Zap Lightning 5-4

Tuukka Rask (AP Photo/J. Meric)

The Bruins have trouble scoring goals. We know this. But, when they shot out to a  5-0 lead against the Lightning on Thursday night, it appeared that even the Bruins couldn’t blow a lead like that. They came close though.

The B’s stormed to a 5-0 lead until the Lightning struck back with four more of their own, but ran out of time in a 5-4 Bruins win. Tuukka Rask finished with 31 saves as he continues to hold his spot as the B’s No. 1 goalie.

The offensively challenged Bruins launched 21 shots in the first period alone, and converted four of those shots into goals, chasing goalie Antero Niittymaki after the first. Miroslav Satan scored just over four minutes in the game to get the team started. Milan Lucic added his fourth goal of the year just seven minutes later, and Michael Ryder scored twice to finish off the period.

Milan Lucic tallied his second goal of the game just 4:53 into the second period to give the B’s a 5-0 lead. They couldn’t blow it with Rask in the net, right?

Martin St. Louis scored two goals before the second period was over to bring Tampa Bay within three goals at 5-2. Steve Downie added two goals of his own in the third period, giving the Bruins a real scare by scoring his second goal with less than five minutes remaining.

Rask held on to preserve the win, giving the B’s three straight wins overall. The victory brought the Bruins even with the Lightning as both teams now have identical 26-22-11 records. Three teams, the Bruins, Lightning, and Flyers, are now tied at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, filling in the No. 7, No. 8, and No. 9 positions.

Next up for the Bruins is a date with the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

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