Boston Bruins Fail To Take Advantage of Dustin Tokarski, Lightning

March 13th, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
Between the starting troika of Patrice Bergeron, Jordan Caron and Brad Marchand and the lately streaking unit of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Tyler Seguin, the Boston Bruins had a perfectly decent top half of offense to commence Tuesday night’s contest.

In addition, they all but had a sentient Shooter Tutor guarding the Tampa Bay Lightning net in Dustin Tokarski. Tokarski, on recall from the AHL and standing in for Dwayne Roloson and the injured Mathieu Garon, was coming off two unremarkable three-goal outings with the parent club.

The tone-setting shifts were ripe for the Bruins to sting the unripe Lightning goalie whilst returning some of the confidence that their first-time starter, veteran Marty Turco, gave them in a relief outing on Sunday.

And within the first 91 seconds, Boston’s two top pivots were doing enough to presage productive possession. Bergeron won each of the game’s first two faceoffs and Krejci, upon hopping into action on the fly, landed a hit on the gritty Ryan Malone. 

Yet, by the time Krejci and his wingers returned to the bench for their first breather of the night, they all had a minus- ...

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