The Boston Bruins had been hard-pressed to buy a goal — now, they can’t stop winning.
In an exciting shootout 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Boston Bruins relinquished two separate leads to the surprisingly fierce Bolts before taking home two points.
It’s hard to pinpoint which part of the high-energy game was the most enthralling; with both teams determined to walk away with the win, neither side let the game get away from them for long. It was a physical, fast-paced matchup — and one that fans could potentially see in the post-season, making it that much more enthralling.
Although David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner managed to execute a pretty flawless opening goal for Boston, Steven Stamkos evened up the score before the end of the first period — and after Patrice Bergeron and Vladislav Namestnikov exchanged one more goal apiece, the teams were forced into overtime.
Which is where things got weird.
Both teams spent the majority of the extra five minute frame playing with only three men, as penalties were simultaneously awarded and traded off throughout the entire extra period. Things were going well, though, until Stamkos lost his temper — and when he threw his broken stick into the bench during play, the ten minute misconduct he was awarded forced the Bolts to turn to the shootout without their best breakaway man.
This isn’t the first time a player has been given a misconduct for throwing his stick, and if the league chooses to pursue additional discipline that won’t set a precendent, either. Per Darren Dreger of TSN, Mats Sundin was suspended for a game in 2004 for the same action — when he tossed his stick into the crowd, he was awarded the one-game discipline.
It’s presumed that Stamkos won’t face the same fate, since there wasn’t intent to harm anyone there; without him in the shootout though, the Bruins reigned supreme and took home yet another win.