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Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Boston Bruins 3-2, Improve to 2-0 in Seeding Round

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Last Updated: August 06, 2020, 08:17 IST

Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Boston Bruins 3-2, Improve to 2-0 in Seeding Round

Tampa Bay Lightning defeated Boston Bruins 3-2 in NHL.

Tyler Johnson scored the tiebreaking goal with 87 seconds left to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over Boston on Wednesday and send the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins to their second straight loss in the NHL’s playoff seeding round.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 25 shots for the Lightning, who improved to 2-0 in the three-game round-robin. Tampa Bay would earn the No. 1 seed in the East with a victory over Philadelphia on Saturday.

Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for the Bruins, who led the NHL with 100 points in the pandemic-shortened regular season but can now finish no higher than the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Charlie McAvoy and Chris Wagner scored to help Boston rally from a 2-0 deficit. But in the final minutes Yanni Gourde received a long pass at the blue line and shot it off Rask’s left skate.

The puck was sitting there for Johnson to flick it in.

The first period was all Tampa Bay.

Brayden Point backhanded a loose puck in front through Rasks legs about 7 minutes into the game to make it 1-0. Then just 13 seconds into a Boston penalty for too many men on a defensive pairing change, Victor Hedmans shot from the blue line went off Sean Kuralys stick and then Alex Killorn redirected it with his skate into the net to make it 2-0.

But the Bruins cut the deficit to one goal with three minutes left in the second when Bergeron won a faceoff, tapping it back to Torey Krug at the point. He slid it over to McAvoy, who slapped it past Vasilevskiy.

Wagner tied it early in the third when Zdeno Charas shot from the blue line got through Vasilevskiy but hit the post and sat there in the crease before Wagner reached in to tap it in.


Lightning: Finish the seeding round against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

Bruins: Wrap up the round-robin against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.


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    first published:August 06, 2020, 04:33 IST
    last updated:August 06, 2020, 08:17 IST