“We’re building, today was a much better game from us,” Coleman said. “For me, it’s just that you can depend on those guys. They’re going to be ahead on the forecheck with you. They want to make plays, but they want to be smart. We want to be responsible, but we don’t want to settle.”
Chicago rallied back with two goals to close out the middle frame, but the Bolts added two more strikes in the third for a 5-2 win on Friday night.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 35 saves in the victory.
“I think in the second period we got a little bit too cute once we got up and that allowed them to get some momentum to come back,” Tampa’s Tyler Johnson said, ” We’ve got to shore that up, but overall it was a good game. We just have a lot to build on.”
Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat (power play) had goals in the second period.“Yeah, it’s always nice when you can move the puck around, get a good shot and put one in,” DeBrincat said. “We still have to work on it. Down 3-2 we had a few power plays and we didn’t convert. We still have to be better.”
Yanni Gourde and Steve Stamkos scored in the third period for Tampa.
Collin Delia made 32 saves in the loss for Chicago.
“I thought overall it was a better performance,” Chicago head coach Jeremy Colliton said. “I really liked our first period. The second period we started turning the puck over, basically self-inflicted wounds allowed them to go up 3-0. All three were basically off turnovers. To our credit we pushed back, got back into the game, and that was a really good sign.”