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BSJ Game Report: Lightning 4, Bruins 3 (SO) – A lack of scoring depth trips up B’s in shootout loss to Tampa

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Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis…

Box Score

HEADLINES:

Secondary-scoring issues continue 

Stop if you’ve heard this before. 

The Bruins’ big guns up front once again left their mark on the box score Thursday night — with Boston’s top line of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand generating a combined three goals and seven total points on the night. 

Boston’s man advantage struck on three of its five opportunities, with Torey Krug joining the B’s shortlist of scorers with a pair of secondary helpers. 

And beyond that? *crickets*

For as much as Thursday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning lived up to the hype as an entertaining heavyweight bout between arguably the two best teams in the NHL — the one point that Boston did manage to earn does feel like rather hollow, given that this game could have been put out of reach if the B’s received any semblance of secondary scoring.

David Krejci sitting out of the contest didn’t do the Bruins any favors, but the rest of Boston’s supporting cast labored when it came to landing punches against the Bolts — with the Bruins only generating 15 scoring chances (four of the high-danger variety) during 47:39 of 5v5 TOI. 

There’s no need to hit the panic button quite yet with this Bruins club — after all, they’re still 5-1-1 and went toe to toe with a stacked Lightning team. But Boston can’t expect to its top forward trio and power play to be the lone conduit of offense over the long haul of the regular season.