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Bolts end trip with shootout victory over Bruins

Steven Stamkos scored the lone goal of the shootout as Tampa Bay defeated Boston 4-3 on Thursday

by Jacob Lynn /

The Lightning secured a winning road trip with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday night.

Tampa Bay now returns home after going 3-2-1 on the six-game trip that began all the way back on October 5.

The Bruins opened the scoring midway through the first period on a David Pastrnak power play goal. Torey Krug took a shot from the point that was blocked by Erik Cernak but the loose puck ended up falling for Pastrnak streaking to the net who fired it past Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Video: TBL@BOS: Point scores to cap crisp passing play

Tampa Bay equalized with 0.8 seconds remaining in the opening period. Yanni Gourde sprung Brayden Point on a breakaway who beat Tuukka Rask and the clock to tie the game at one through 20 minutes.

Another power play goal gave Boston the lead in the second period. Pastrnak looked like he was going to shoot from the left circle but instead passed the puck to Patrice Bergeron in the slot who scored to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

The Bolts answered back three minutes later on Mathieu Joseph's second goal of the season. Joseph crashed the net after Rask failed to control the rebound on a shot from Alex Killorn and tapped the puck home on the doorstep.

Tampa Bay took its first lead of the game with less than five minutes to go as Kevin Shattenkirk tied for the team lead in goals with his fourth tally of the season. Shattenkirk fired a shot the Rask had trouble picking up with Zdeno Chara unintentionally providing a screen.

The lead wouldn't last, however, as Pastrnak scored his second power play goal of the game with three minutes to play. A carom off the end boards fell to Pastrnak who tried to spin a pass into the slot but the puck deflected off Shattenkirk's stick and past Vasilevskiy.

After a scoreless overtime period, Steven Stamkos scored the first goal of the shootout in the fourth round and Vasilevskiy stopped Jake DeBrusk to secure the second point for Tampa Bay.

Video: TBL@BOS: Vasilevskiy stuffs DeBrusk to seal win in SO

The Bolts won on Thursday in spite of a poor special teams performance. The Lightning couldn't generate anything in four power play opportunities and allowed the Bruins to convert on three of their five chances with a man advantage.

Tampa Bay's up-and-down play was the theme of the trip but the Bolts closed it out with solid performances in victories over the Habs and Bruins.

Despite returning home, the schedule doesn't get any easier for the Bolts. They now return to Amalie Arena to begin a three-game homestand against Colorado, Pittsburgh and Nashville.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
BOS | 9:34 David Pastrnak (7) - Patrice Bergeron, Torey Krug - PPG
TBL | 19:59 Brayden Point (3) - Yanni Gourde, Victor Hedman

2nd Period
BOS | 7:26 Patrice Bergeron (2) - David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand - PPG
TBL | 10:32 Mathieu Jospeh (2) - Alex Killorn, Erik Cernak

3rd Period
TBL | 15:13 Kevin Shattenkirk (4) - Steven Stamkos, Brayden Point
BOS | 16:55 David Pastrnak (8) - Brad Marchand - PPG

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