BOSTON -- Things are going so well for the Boston Bruins, they're winning when they don't play their best.
Now they've even won a shootout.
Boston is 3-7 in shootouts this season.
"Yeah, it's very nice to finally get a win in the shootout," said Marchand, who's 2-for-6. "We felt different on the bench. We felt confident and guys were calm and prepared going into the shots. So it definitely felt good."
Boston (35-22-10) has won four in a row and has at least a point in seven straight games (6-0-1). The Bruins lead the Florida Panthers by six points for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Boston is two points behind the Washington Capitals for the first wild card.
The Bruins had to overcome a second-period lull, when they were outshot by the Lightning 16-4.
"I thought ... we played really well in that first period and we did exactly what we had talked about doing, and in the second period there for some reason we started going back with the puck, our [defensemen] were, our forwards were stretching out," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "So instead of being a five-man unit, we were spread in two parts there, and that really hurt us a lot in the second period. But we were able to regain our game in the third period and made it an exciting third. And then the rest obviously, you know what happened afterwards. But it was one of those games where you have to play against teams that have had a lot of success, have a lot of confidence in themselves, and tonight we came out there and showed that we had a lot of confidence in our group and played like it."
The Lightning (42-20-7) had a four-game winning streak end. They have not defeated the Bruins in the past 10 games.
Tampa Bay had its best chance to earn two points in overtime but failed during a power play. Along the way, captain Steven Stamkos threw his broken stick into the stands and he was issued a 10-minute misconduct.
"Yeah I mean it's been a little frustrating. I don't know how many sticks I've broken in that situation this year," Stamkos said. "Then I'm obviously a little frustrated that it broke in that situation and to see it go over the glass I knew right away that that's a 10 [minute penalty]. It's kind of just a little frustrating, we had an opportunity there and a couple good looks, [Nikita Kucherov] had a great look and Rask made a big save, so obviously we would have liked to score one but, you know, obviously tough one to swallow. We'll take the point."
Bergeron scored 2:20 into the third period to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. He took a one-timer from the blue line after Dennis Seidenberg stole a pass at the right wall and dished the puck to Bergeron in the slot.
The Bruins scored first for the 10th straight game. Center Ryan Spooner extended his scoring streak to seven games by setting up David Pastrnak for a goal in front of the net at 7:57. The puck deflected off Pastrnak's left skate, but the call on the ice was upheld because there was no distinct kicking motion.
Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper wasn't sure if he agreed with the ruling.
"I don't know, I'm going to have to go read the rule," Cooper said. "I guess it comes down to interpretation. What somebody considers a kick and what they don't. This goes back, we just had one of those against Dallas. To me, I don't know, it looks like a kick. Pastrnak's looked like a kick, but is he also trying to stop? I suppose he is. So the deflected pucks, they count. So now you're on the fine line, is that a deflected puck or did he actually turn his heel and direct that in the net? So I don't know, the refs, everybody, they were pretty adamant right out the gate. There was no wavering, that was a good goal. So it's a good goal."
Stamkos took advantage of a Zdeno Chara giveaway in the Bruins end to tie it 1-1 with an unassisted goal that beat Rask high from the slot at 15:29 of the first period.
Earlier Thursday, the Lightning revealed forward Ondrej Palat will miss 2-3 weeks because of a lower-body injury, defenseman Braydon Coburn will be out 4-6 weeks because of a lower-body injury, and forward Cedric Paquette will miss 10-14 days because of an upper-body injury.