Morning Free Association: The Last Day of November

It was the B’s and Bolts tilting at the Garden on Wednesday Night Rivalry Night on NBCSN(ALLTHE LETTERS). Would the Bruins be able to hold their own or be savaged by the talented forwards of the Lightning?

First Period:

Charlie McAvoy nets his third of the year at 7:27 in the first period.

But it’s inexplicably waved off for goaltender interference, of which there was none. Anton Vasilevskiy makes contact with Brad Marchand, not the reverse. Bruce Cassidy rightfully challenges the call on the ice and it’s a good goal. Bruins lead 1-0.

But wait, there’s more!

Riley Nash gets in on the scoring action about 10 minutes later, roofing one on Vasilevskiy.

Bruins take a 2-0 lead into the intermission.

Second Period:

Frank Vatrano has had his hackles raised for parts of this game. At one point in a scrum that erupted around the Tampa net, Vatrano started scrapping and ended up on his back due to Ryan Callahan introducing himself. Vatrano decided to pull him a little closer. One can only hope he was using his Arrid Extra Dry.

It was good that he had this ire since it would come in handy some minutes later. Torey Krug was boarded by Cedric Paquette and was a little slow to get up. It’s okay- play didn’t stop, he got up and seemed to be fine. Well, Frankie didn’t want to let that go and decided that Paquette was going to need to pay up. Both went to the box for roughing, Paquette for the additional boarding and Vatrano for tripping Paquette, you know when he was addressing the situation.

More penalties would happen- Marchand and Sergachev went off for matching time- leaving the teams playing 4-on-4. Torey Krug, clearly not injured, fired off an one-timer wrister to make it 3-0.

Tampa had to ruin it by scoring. Who was it, does it matter? Fine it was Andrej Sustr on his 27th birthday as NBCSNOMFBBQ would remind us some 500 times.

The forwards weren’t the only ones that having good games. Even though through two periods he had only faced 12 SOG, he let only one go. There was one soon after the Sustr goal that was considered a goal at first. However, upon review it was clear that it never crossed the line.

Sure he was lucky, but he did make some good blocks as well.

Third Period:

Brandon Carlo was called for interference and while he was sitting in the box, Steven Stamkos did his best Thor impression, nailing the one-timer on goal.

This is the wrong period for the Bruins to be losing energy and allowing the Bolts back in. But somehow the Bruins held it together against the league leading team on the second game of the back-to-back. It’s not to say the Bruins can’t win against the Lightning but they had some help from the Hockey Gods™ on this one.

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