TAMPA — Nick Foligno was as undeterred as the rest of his Bruins teammates.
The team’s Monday morning skate at Amalie Arena ended after Foligno, who was manning the net-front spot on the second power-play unit, took a Hampus Lindholm slapper to the chin.
The veteran forward, leaking blood all over the ice, pressed a towel to his jaw and skated off the ice. He received four stitches.
“Part of being in the net-front,” Foligno said. “Sometimes you’re going to take one. Ideally, not in practice.
“It’s all good. Part of the job.”
Back in that same net-front spot on the man advantage, Foligno sparked the Bruins in the second period. He dived across the crease for a loose puck and knocked it past Lightning netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy, giving the Bruins their first lead at 2-1.
The advantage grew to 4 goals by early in the third, thanks to strikes from Charlie Coyle, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak, and the Bruins started their two-game Florida trip with a 5-3 victory.
“We just didn’t have that jump in the first period,” said Foligno (4-7–11 in 19 games), now two points shy of matching last season’s point total (2-11–13 in 64 games). “It shows a lot of what we have in here to not get flustered, and come out in the second and just take over.”
Hall with Coyle, Frederic
Taylor Hall opened the night riding the left wing with Coyle and Trent Frederic. Coach Jim Montgomery liked what he saw in Saturday’s beatdown of the Blackhawks, when the Hall-Coyle-Frederic trio was among his most dominant in a brief showing.
“I really like Frederic on the right wing,” Montgomery said of the left-shot forward. “I thought he was moving his feet more to generate more offense. I like him defensively in either spot.”
The line spent all of 3:55 together Saturday, but it racked up a 5-1 shot-attempt advantage and finished ahead, 4-0, in shots. They also scored the goal that made it 6-1 in the third period, when Frederic and Hall protected the puck along the wall, and point men Charlie McAvoy and Matt Grzelcyk set up Hall for a blue line wrister through traffic.
The line produced another goal Monday, with Coyle knocking one home at the doorstep, off assists from Frederic and Hall. Montgomery said Hall was the Bruins’ best forward in an otherwise dismal first period.
There was bad news postgame, though: Frederic, who appeared to injure his left shoulder when he crashed into the end boards in the second, is day to day with an upper body injury. Frederic left the game at 14:31 of the second period, after logging 5:14 on ice.
Stralman at home in Florida
Ex-Lightning (and Panthers) blue liner Anton Stralman (10:12 on ice) was in the mix Monday, paired with Connor Clifton. The latter skated his off (left) side … The Bruins play at Stralman’s other previous Florida stop, in Sunrise, on Wednesday night against the Panthers to complete the quick trip.