9:58 p.m. - Overtime Snapshots: FINAL (SO) BOS 4, TBL 3
SMITTY LIFTS B'S IN A SHOOTOUT: Bruins were able to bounce back from being down two goals and take two points in a seven round shootout in Tampa Bay, with Reilly Smith netting the winner. The Bruins got goals from Daniel Paille, Carl Soderberg and Johnny Boychuk.
9:32 p.m. - Third Period Snapshots: BOS 3, TBL 3
JOHNNY ROCKET TIES IT UP: With 11:49 to go in the third period, Johnny Boyuchuk tied the game ripping an absolute laser past Bishop blocker-side to tie the game for this third goal of the season. Carl Soderberg gets the assists on the play along with Loui Eriksson. Sodeberg and Boychuk each have a multi-point game with a goal and an assist.
B'S POSTGAME COVERAGE: Stay tuned for our postgame coverage and follow us on Twitter @NHLBruins for quotes from the B's locker room and Head Coach Claude Julien.
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NEXT GAME: The Bruins are back in action on Sunday for their second game of the the back-to-back in against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise. Game time set for 7:00 p.m. ET.
8:40 p.m. - Second Period Snapshots: BOS 2, TBL 3
TAMPA REGAINS THE LEAD: The Bolt's leading goal scorer, Valtteri Filppula regained the lead for his team, beating Rask on a shot from the slot for his 21st of the season.
SODERBERG TIES IT: Carl Soderberg tied the game for the B's at the 11:31 mark when he found himself on a clean break away on Ben Bishop. Sodeberg made a sharp deke on his approach and slipped a backhander past Bishop, five-hole, to even the score at 2-2. The goal marks Soderberg's 11th tally of the year.
PAILLE POTS A BACKHANDER: Daniel Paille made quite an athletic play to get the Bruins on the board in the second period at 6:58. After losing the puck and his balance, when Tyler Johnson planted a check on him coming up the right wing, Paille was able regain his balance and recollect the loose puck as he skated east to west in front of the crease. Paille then sent a no-look backhander on net, which found its way past Bishop to pot his ninth goal of the season. Great hustle goal by Paille.
BOLTS TAKE A 2-0 LEAD: At the 15:47 mark, the Lightning took a 2-0 lead when Mark Barberio ripped a drive from the blueline the took a Bolt friendly bounce off of Nate Thompson's skate, who was screening in front. Barberio gets credited for his fifth goal of the year with Tom Pyatt and Eric Brewer earning the assists. The play went under review shortly after the goal, but it was quickly decided the goal was legitimate as there was no distinct kicking motion on the deflection.
TAMPA TAKES THE LEAD: The Lightning got out to a 1-0 lead 27 seconds into the second period, when Ondrej Palat notched his 15th goal of the season. Goaltender Tuukka Rask tried to punch the puck out as it was sliding into the B's zone with both a Tampa and Boston player in pursuit, but Ondrej Palat was able to tap the puck between Rask's legs and recollected behind Rask, who was way outside the crease, to tap it home. Earning assists in the play were Tyler Johnson (21) and Eric Brewer (10).
7:50 p.m. - First Period Snapshots: BOS 0, TBL
B'S MAN-ADVANTAGE #2: With 2:27 left in the first period, Tampa Bay's Mark Barbeiro was called for slashing on Milan Lucic, giving the Bruins their second PP of the night. This time around, the Bruins looked crisp, moving the puck around the Tampa zone, generating a few scoring chances, including their best opportunity from Loui Eriksson on the doorstep as the period expired. The Bruins will look to carry that momentum into the second period, as they will begin the frame with 33 seconds of power play time left on the Barbeiro two-minute minor.
CHARA OFF FOR ROUGHING: At the 4:11 mark the Bruins went on their first penalty kill of the evening when Zdeno Chara was whistled for roughing on new Lightning winger Ryan Callahan, who was recently acquired from the Rangers in the Martin St. Louis deal. Entering the evening, the Bruins PK ranked 13th in the league with an 82.5% kill rate. The Bruins were able to make their 171st kill of the season, keeping Tampa's chances limited to outside looks on Rask.
THORNTON DROPS DROPS THE GLOVES: At the 12:01 mark, Bruins winger Shawn Thornton dropped the mitts with Tampa's Keith Aulie in the first bout of the evening. Aulie, who checks in at 6'6'', 228-pounds, got his licks in early, but the 6'2'', 217-pound Thornton bounced right back and connected with a few right handed blows of his own, including one which knocked the helmet off his challenger. The fight ended with both players still on their feet as they were both separated and sent to the sin bin to serve their five-minute fighting majors.
BRUINS GET A POWER PLAY: At the 18:22 mark the Bruins were awarded their first power play of the game when Brad Marchand was tripped by Victor Hedman as Marchand was streaking into the Lightning zone over the blueline. The Bruins first man-advantage of the night saw little momentum generated as Black & Gold failed to register a shot on net. The Lightning were ultimately able to escape the penalty without any hard done. At the 16:22 the Lightning are outshooting the B's, 3-0.
6: 30 p.m. Pregame Snapshots: BOS vs TBL
STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (27-14-4, 2.13 GAA, .928 Save %) vs. Bishop (29-11-4, 2.07 GAA, .931 Save %). Rask is 6-2-0 with a 1.89 GAA and .934 save % with three shutouts in eight career games against Tampa Bay. Bishop is 0-2-0 with a 4.47 GAA and .841 save percentage in two games against Boston.
BRUINS VS LIGHTNING LIFETIME: The Bruins and Lightning will meet for the 81st time today in their franchise histories. The B’s have compiled a 51-20-9-0 record in those matchups and have outscored Tampa Bay, 272-202. The Black & Gold are 20-16-3-0 in their 39 lifetime meetings against the Lightning in Tampa Bay, with the a scoring advantage of 119-112 in those contests.
TOP LINE ROLLING: The line composed of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Jarome Iginla have racked up 32 combined points in their last eight games with Iginla’s 12 (four goals, eight assists), Lucic’s 10 (four goals, six assists) and Krejci’s 10 (five goals, five assists)… The line has combined for 49 points in their last 13 contests.
CATALYST KREJCI: Krejci recorded his third regular season hat trick on March 4 against the Florida Panthers in Boston… In his last 15 contests, Krejci has accrued seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points… The Bruins have compiled a 33-4-2 record this year in games in which Krejci has recorded at least one point.
BOLTS NOTEBOOK: Valtteri Filppula enters tonight leading the Bolts in goals (20) and points (41)… Goaltender Ben Bishop ranks fourth in the NHL in wins with 29. Bishop is currently the NHL's tallest goaltender at 6'7''... Steven Stamkos returned from injury on Thursday night and was also named the 10th Captain in franchise history.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 37-for-178 (20.8%, T-7th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 170-for-206 (82.5%, 13th NHL)… Lightning power play: 34-for-201 (16.9%, T-19th NHL), Lightning penalty kill: 172-for-210 (80.0%, 25th NHL).