FINAL
OTT
5
WPG
3
FINAL
STL
2
COL
1
FINAL OT
PHI
3
TOR
4
FINAL SO
BOS
4
TBL
3
FINAL
CAR
4
NJD
5
FINAL
PHX
2
WSH
3
FINAL
CBJ
1
NSH
0
FINAL
MIN
3
DAL
4
FINAL
CGY
1
VAN
2
FINAL
MTL
0
SJS
4
BOS
54-19-9
TBL
46-27-9
SO
32 SOG
20 SOG

Bruins rally, beat Lightning in shootout

Lonnie Herman  - NHL.com Correspondent | Saturday, 03.08.2014 / 11:54 PM

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning picked the wrong time of the season to hit a slump.

The Lightning's losing streak reached four games when Reilly Smith scored the only goal of the shootout in the seventh round, giving the Boston Bruins a 4-3 victory on Saturday night. Smith deked Ben Bishop and slid a shot through the five-hole to win the game after Tampa Bay's Richard Panik drilled the crossbar to start the seventh round.

"Sometimes you have to be lucky to be good, right?" Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask said.

Boston (41-17-5), the leader in the Atlantic Division, moved within one point of the Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the Eastern Conference after completing a four-game sweep of the season series against the Lightning.

"We played them four times and they beat us four times," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "If that was a playoff series, it's not good. It's not rocket science, I think they are a better team than we are right now."

Tampa Bay (34-24-6) still owns the first of two wild-card berths in the Eastern Conference despite losing its fourth game in a row, including the first two of a six-game homestand. But the Lightning saw their lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets, the leader among the teams outside a playoff berth, reduced to three points.

The Lightning led 2-0 early in the second period and 3-2 in the third before Johnny Boychuk forced overtime at 8:11 by beating Bishop with a slap shot from the point that the goalie lost track of. It was the defenseman's third goal of the season and first in 21 games.

"It's my fault there on the third one," Bishop said. "I had no idea the puck was at the point. I thought the puck was in the corner."

Rask made 17 saves through 65 minutes but was perfect in the tiebreaker. Bishop finished with 29 saves.

After a scoreless first period, Tampa Bay opened the scoring 27 seconds into the second, triggering a burst of five goals in just over nine minutes.

The Lightning scored their eighth shorthanded goal of the season when Tyler Johnson chased a loose puck into the Boston zone. Rask came out to play the puck but Ondrej Palat trailed the play and found the net with his second attempt for his 15th goal of the season.

The Lightning made it 2-0 at 4:13 when defenseman Mark Barberio sent a shot from just inside the blue line that trickled between Rask's pads. Tom Pyatt and Ryan Callahan earned assists; for Callahan, it was his first point since being acquired by the Lightning from the New York Rangers at the NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday.

Daniel Paille cut Tampa Bay's lead in half at 6:58 with his ninth goal of the season, converting his own rebound. Carl Soderberg tied the game at 8:29 when he took a long pass from Chris Kelly, skated in alone and beat Bishop with a backhander for his 11th goal of the season.

"We really had to work hard," Boston coach Claude Julien said. "We fell behind 2-0 on some poor defensive decisions, but the character part of our team showed up and we had a great comeback."

But the Lightning went back in front 62 seconds later when Palat centered a pass to Valtteri Filppula in the slot. Filppula hit the half-empty net for his 21st of the season.

"We at least got a point out of this one," said Cooper, whose team opened its homestand with a 3-1 loss to the last-place Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. "I thought we played pretty well. We're getting close. It's a game of inches. Got to get the next inch, I guess."

Smith got the shootout winner but hasn't scored a goal since Jan 28 against the Florida Panthers, a total of 10 games.

"It's been a while," Smith said. "At the end of the day it's good to just help the team get an extra point."

The victory marked the first time this season the Bruins were able to win after trailing by two goals. They had been 0-15-2 before Saturday.

1st2nd3rdOTsoT
BOS ()
TBL ()
Scoring Summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
00:27TBL SHG - Ondrej Palat (15) ASST: Tyler Johnson (21), Eric Brewer (10) 1 - 0 TBL
04:13TBL Mark Barberio (5) ASST: Tom Pyatt (4), Ryan Callahan (15) 2 - 0 TBL
06:58BOS Daniel Paille (9) ASST: Gregory Campbell (10), Johnny Boychuk (16) 2 - 1 TBL
08:29BOS Carl Soderberg (11) ASST: Chris Kelly (7) 2 - 2 Tie
09:31TBL Valtteri Filppula (21) ASST: Ondrej Palat (24) 3 - 2 TBL
3rd Period
08:11BOS Johnny Boychuk (3) ASST: Carl Soderberg (24), Loui Eriksson (17) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
1TBLValtteri Filppula - Save
2BOSPatrice Bergeron - Save
3TBLSteven Stamkos - Save
4BOSLoui Eriksson - Missed
5TBLOndrej Palat - Save
6BOSCarl Soderberg - Save
7TBLRyan Callahan - Save
8BOSBrad Marchand - Save
9TBLTeddy Purcell - Save
10BOSJarome Iginla - Missed
11TBLVictor Hedman - Save
12BOSDavid Krejci - Save
13TBLRichard Panik - Missed
14BOSReilly Smith - Goal
Shootout Summary
RNDTampa Bay LightningBoston Bruins
1Valtteri FilppulaPatrice Bergeron
2Steven StamkosLoui Eriksson
3Ondrej PalatCarl Soderberg
4Ryan CallahanBrad Marchand
5Teddy PurcellJarome Iginla
6Victor HedmanDavid Krejci
7Richard PanikReilly Smith
Three Stars of the Game
Johnny Boychuk
1st
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 1Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 20:49
Carl Soderberg
2nd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 14:31
Ondrej Palat
3rd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 5
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 21:37
Penalty Summary
1st Period
01:38TBL Victor Hedman  Tripping against  Brad Marchand
07:59TBL Keith Aulie  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
07:59BOS Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  Keith Aulie
15:49BOS Zdeno Chara  Roughing against  Ryan Callahan
18:33TBL Mark Barberio  Slashing against  Milan Lucic
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:18TBL Teddy Purcell  Hooking against  Chris Kelly
OT Period
NONE
shots by period
PeriodBOSTBL
1st57
2nd107
3rd134
OT42
Total3220
Team Stats
CategoryBOSTBL
Power Plays0/30/1
Hits2228
Faceoff Wins2633
Giveaways312
Takeaways510
Blocked Shots816
Penalty Minutes711
  • BOSTON
  • TAMPA BAY
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
11G. CampbellC0101010:34
12J. IginlaR00-33019:00
17M. LucicL00-22023:08
18R. SmithR0001017:19
20D. PailleL1001010:41
21L. ErikssonR0122016:22
22S. ThorntonL001059:35
23C. KellyC0122015:30
27D. HamiltonD00-22017:50
33Z. CharaD00-23227:35
34C. SoderbergC1122014:31
37P. BergeronC0003019:54
43M. BartkowskiD0020020:29
46D. KrejciC00-22021:15
47T. KrugD0005019:26
55J. BoychukD1121020:49
63B. MarchandL0002016:16
86K. MillerD0000017:46
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
40T. Rask1720.85065:00
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
2E. BrewerD0100019:57
3K. AulieD00-1157:49
6S. SaloD0002020:45
8M. BarberioD1002213:59
9T. JohnsonC0101017:02
11T. PyattC0110013:12
16T. PurcellR00-20216:19
17A. KillornC00-13017:37
18O. PalatL1112021:37
21M. KostkaD0010014:50
23J. BrownR00-12013:17
24R. CallahanR0122021:06
25M. CarleD0011024:26
44N. ThompsonC0010010:26
51V. FilppulaC1011019:58
71R. PanikR00-12011:29
77V. HedmanD00-10228:25
91S. StamkosC00-21021:46
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
30B. Bishop2932.90665:00