Jonas Gustavsson

5 things we learned: Jonas Gustavsson shuts out Lightning in huge overtime win for Bruins

DJ Bean
March 08, 2016 - 5:15 pm

They needed overtime once again, but the Bruins completed a perfect Florida back-to-back with a 1-0 overtime win over the Lightning Tuesday at Amalie Arena. After the teams played a frenetic 60 minutes of scoreless regulation, Brad Marchand took a feed from Patrice Bergeron off the rush 10 seconds into overtime and beat Ben Bishop to give Boston the win. The goal was Marchand's 34th of the season. In assisting the goal, Bergeron continued his recent hot streak, as he now has seven points (five goals, two assists) over his last five games. Furthermore, the Bruins are now 4-0-1 in five games since the trade trade deadline, a stretch that has seen them defeat three of the four playoff teams they faced. The victory pulled the Bruins even with the Atlantic-leading Lightning with 83 points, though Tampa remains ahead of Boston in the division due to a game in hand. Tampa has 15 games remaining to Boston's 14. The Bruins will return to Boston to host the Hurricanes on Thursday. Because Tampa does not play until Friday, the Bruins can overtake first place for the first time all season if they are to secure a victory against Carolina. Here are four more things we learned Tuesday: GUSTAVSSON SHINES Because we haven't watched every game of Jonas Gustavsson's career, we can't say that Tuesday's performance was the best of the veteran netminder's NHL tenure. At the very least, it's safe to say he played his best game as a Bruin. Gustavsson made a career-high 42 saves, surpassing his previous best of 40. While Tampa pretty much threw the puck on net every time they got it, Gustsavsson also had to rob the likes of Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov at various points to keep the game scoreless. The move to not start Rask in back-to-backs proved to be the wise one for the Bruins, as Rask had played in seven straight games for Boston. No rust showed for Gustavsson, however, and his shutout performance allowed the Bruins to get two huge points while being able to play Rask against the Hurricanes and Islanders in the coming days before the B's head out west for a three-game road trip. PUCKS GALORE Of course, the Bruins probably shouldn't get into the habit of giving up shots like they have of late. Tuukka Rask had to face 51 shots Monday against the Panthers before the Lightning put 42 pucks on Gustavsson.  POWERLESS The Bruins did not have a power play Tuesday, but they managed to be a perfect 4-on-4 on the penalty kill. Marchand nearly made it 1-0 on a shorthanded breakaway in the first period, but his backhand bid was gloved by Bishop. Boston has now gone three games without a power play goal, a span in which they are 0-for-7 on the man advantage. MORROW IN, TROTMAN OUT Joe Morrow got back in the lineup in place of Zach Trotman, who had played Monday against the Panthers. In sitting a righty (Trotman) for a lefty (Morrow), the only right-shot defenseman the B's had Tuesday was Adam McQuaid. Lefties Dennis Sedeinberg and John-Michael Liles played the right side. In another lineup tweak, Claude Julien put Loui Eriksson back up on David Krejci's line with David Pastrnak, moving Matt Beleskey to the third line in the process. Boston's lineup Tuesday looked as such: Marchand-Bergeron-Stempniak Eriksson-Krejci-Pastrnak Beleskey-Spooner-Hayes Ferraro-Acciari-Connolly Chara-Liles Morrow-Seidenberg Krug-McQuaid Gustavsson