For The First Time Since 1999, The Bruins Fall to 0-3

Bruins Fall to 0-3 For First Time Since 1999.

By: Mike Grinnell

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For the first time in 16 years, the Bruins have started out 0-3. That season, the Bruins were coached by the late Pat Burns, captained by Ray Bourque, and had an aging defensemen who finished the season -14 with 1 goal and 13 assists, who went by the name of Don Sweeney, the man in charge of this mess of a team, we call the Boston Bruins.

In a game that saw Steven Stamkos record his 500th NHL point and the Lightning score 3 unanswered goals, twice, the Bruins lost their third straight to Tampa Bay, leaving them 0-3 on the season and winning for the first time in Boston, in 10 contests.

Center Brian Boyle led the way for the Lightning with 2 goals while goaltender Ben Bishop made 27 saves for the Lightning.

The Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the 1st period, scoring two goals on the Power Play. David Krejci beat Ben Bishop on a slap shot from the point followed by Eriksson scoring on a cross-crease pass from Torey Krug.

The Lightning were quick to retaliate on a Brian Boyle wrist shot that and Boston’s lead to 2-1.

Tampa Bay followed with two more goals, Palat, on a Tyler Johnson deflection and Brian Boyle, once again, scoring while short handed after intercepting a David Pastrnak pass.

The Bruins tied it at 3 on another Loui Eriksson goal off a Krejci shot from the top of the circles, only to have the Lightning score 3 more goals, unanswered. Jonathan Drouin scored on a week, slow rolling, shot on Tuukka Rask, that I’m sure Rask wishes he had back, along with Valterri Flipula adding a goal late to make the score 6-3.

David Krejci and Loui Eriksson were the lone bright spots in Monday’s loss to the Lightning, along with Zdeno Chara suiting up for the first time all season. Though they are only 3 games in, the Bruins are in for a long season this year if changes aren’t made.

For the best coverage of the NHL and the Boston Bruins Follow @MikeGrinnell_ and check out his blog on ESPNNHRadio.com. Also tune into the ESPN New Hampshire Bruins Pregame Show an hour before game time. 

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