The Boston Bruins made sure that two special teams could play at the game of startling trend-shattering Saturday afternoon. After tripping over their own skates into a 2-0 pothole, courtesy of two opposing power-play goals, they sandwiched a five-on-five strike with two conversions of their own to surmount the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2.
Those who are still waiting for a consistent, 60-minute throttle in the black and gold would be left unfulfilled for yet another day. But the Bruins got away with it, yet again, for a sixth straight victory when a sprinkling of pregame and in-game tweaks kicked in.
Between 13 total power plays, one instance of four-on-four and the Lightning playing with an extra attacker in the last 99 seconds, the contesting clubs combined for only 34:27 of five-on-five.
The two most climactic odd-man arrangements were a pair of double-minor power plays when the score was deadlocked, 2-2. Tampa whiffed on its chance late in the middle frame whereas Boston tuned the mesh via Brad Marchand for the eventual decider with 2:16 to spare in regulation.
Outside of the permeation of penalties and power plays, here are a few of the other key developments in Saturday’s seesaw skate-fest at TD Garden.