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It’s Turco Time! Kinda sounds like Tuukka Time, right? Well, that’s where the similarities end.
New acquisition Marty Turco, in his first start for the Bruins, allowed three goals within the first five minutes of the game, and four overall in the first period on just 12 shots, to send the Bruins to their third straight defeat in a 6-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning (who are just 32-30-7 and 11th in the East). It’s their first 3-game skid since October.
Tim Thomas was not much better in relief of Turco, allowing two more goals on just five shots over the next 2+ periods. Yuck!
As bad as the goaltending was Tuesday night, the offense wasn’t that much better. The Bruins did manage to get 34 shots on net, but were completely outplayed in the first period (they were out-shot 10-2).
They could not find the back of it until they were down 5-0 in the third period, when Jordan Caron scored his seventh goal.
In all, Lightning backup goalie Dustin Tokarski looked great, finishing with 33 saves in his third career start.
But hey, at least Steven Stamkos reached the 50-goal plateau! That’s right, Stamkos lit the lamp twice against Thomas in the 2nd and 3rd periods to cap the scoring.
This loss should be disturbing on many levels. The Lightning, a below-average team, scored on better than 33 percent of their shots (six times on just 17 shots)!
What’s almost worse is that the Bruins could not put more than one goal past the young goalie making his third career start. I know they are without Rich Peverely and Nathan Horton (and others), but this is not acceptable.
Either way, the Bruins need to get their act together. They get their chance to rebound on Thursday against the Panthers.