Palat pots two as Lightning take series lead over Bruins

Palat pots two as Lightning take series lead over Bruins

Hedman assisted on the second Palat goal and a Steven Stamkos power play goal on an empty net in the final minute to clinch it.

Video: Jon Cooper on Cirelli and team disciplineThey've scored just three goals in the last two losses. They established that very well in Game 1, less so in Game 2, but practically not at all in Game 3.

Boston did find some offense late in the period. The Bolts power play went to work and scored on a lovely backdoor pass from Mikhail Sergachev.

Few pucks on net is becoming a common occurrence for the group.

Marchand had a goal and three assists, while Pastrnak finished with four assists in a dominating performance.

Unfortunately for the Bruins, Tampa answered immediately. More surprising is that Girardi was able to get up and continue playing.

Emma Kate Gourde made her grand entrance to the world Tuesday. He slept in the hospital and flew up separately, arriving at around noon. Will it be the veteran Preds goalie Pekka Rinne or the Jets Connor Hellebuyck, who established an National Hockey League record for wins in a season by an American-born goalie this season when he won 44 games? The Lightning certainly looked to have fresher legs than Boston last night, and I think that may end up being a factor the rest of the series.

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Tampa took a 3-1 lead into the intermission, outshooting Boston 19-14. "I've been asking a lot of questions, I don't seem to be getting any answers, so it's up to me to adjust and be better.at this point, I'm kind of over all that stuff.I'm trying to focus in on Game 3 and be good and hopefully not get kicked off as much".

- There are two pretty big areas of concern heading into Friday night's Game 4. Eight penalties were called. You could see it in Paquette's willingness to drop the gloves with David Backes after he laid out Dan Girardi with a hit on the numbers. And the San Jose Sharks have evened their second-round series with Vegas at a game apiece. The most exhilarating action of the period came when David Backes hit Dan Girardi from behind and Lightning forward Cedric Paquette attempted to stand up for his defenseman. The shots were tied 7-7, but Tampa controlled the neutral zone and never gave the Bruins many clear chances.

Boston skaters have been penalized 3.7 times per game in total this season, 3.6 per game over their last five outings total, and 3.4 per game over their last five home outings.

He scored a pair of goals in the first 3:41 to spark the Lightning victory that has given Tampa Bay back the home-ice advantage it lost.

And no, the Bruins are not losing because of the referees or Tuukka Rask.

NOTES: Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez was the honorary fan banner captain, waving a Bruins flag before the game. Tampa Bay goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves on 29 shots to record the win. Only a laser by future Hall of Famer Patrice Bergeron got through him. With AP Photos.Tomas Hertl scored his team-leading fifth goal of the playoffs, Martin Jones made 34 saves for his sixth career postseason shutout and the San Jose Sharks evened their second-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights with a 4-0 victory in Game 4. But when Marchand was going in on breakaway after Krug's goal late in the game, Anton Stralman got away with a good whack on Marchand's hands.

Tampa Bay leads 2-1 in the best of seven series. Just nine wins in 54 all-time games.

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