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Lightning top Bruins in OT in Game 2 of Eastern Second Round, even series

Palat scores at 4:40 after Marchand ties it late for Boston in Eastern Second Round

by Wes Crosby / Independent Correspondent

Palat cleans up rebound in OT

BOS@TBL, Gm2: Palat wins Game 2 in overtime

R2, Gm2: Ondrej Palat crashes the net and fires home a rebound to win Game 2 for the Lightning in overtime, 4-3

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Ondrej Palat scored at 4:40 of overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 in Game 2 to even their Eastern Conference Second Round series at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Tuesday.

After Pat Maroon put a wraparound shot on net, the puck went through the crease for Palat to score on a wrist shot near the right post.

"Even when they scored, we scored," Palat said. "We responded every time. I thought we played really well. I think in the third, we stopped skating a little bit. Other than that, I thought we played well."


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Brad Marchand tied the game 3-3 when he scored his second goal of the night for Boston with 3:58 left in the third period.

"I thought we had good looks," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We just didn't have the volume of attempts. We had point-blanks in the slot. … There were some good looks for us. There just wasn't the quantity of the kind of play like our tying goal by [Marchand]. So we certainly need a little bit more of that."

Blake Coleman scored twice, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves for Tampa Bay, the No. 2 seed in the East, which is 4-0-0 in overtime this postseason. The Lighting trailed by one goal twice.

"If you want to have any chance of winning and going deep in the playoffs, adversity strikes in the weirdest ways and you never know when it's going to happen," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "It's like a sandwich that doesn't taste very good, if you know what I mean? … If you have mental weakness at all, you're probably sitting there saying, 'Poor us.' It's just not in this group. That's not how they operate."

Video: BOS@TBL, Gm2: Coleman dives to knock home great goal

David Pastrnak had two assists, and Jaroslav Halak made 36 saves for the Bruins, the No. 4 seed. Halak was 4-0 with a 1.75 goals-against average and .936 save percentage since goalie Tuukka Rask opted out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Aug. 15.

"I feel fine," Halak said. "No one said it was going to be an easy series. We're tied now and basically starting from zero now."

Game 3 of the best-of-7 series is in Toronto, the East hub city, on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Video: EA Sports Overtime Winner: Palat wins it for Bolts

Nick Ritchie put the Bruins ahead 1-0 at 3:14 of the first period. After Ritchie put a backhand on net from near the left post, he and Charlie Coyle poked at the puck until it slipped over the goal line.

Barclay Goodrow scored for Tampa Bay at 5:17, but Cassidy challenged for offside, and the goal was overturned after video review showed Brayden Point did not legally tag up at the blue line at 5:04.

Coleman tied it 1-1 at 12:42. After splitting the defense, Zach Bogosian fell but passed to Coleman in the slot for a diving wrist shot that beat Halak five-hole.

Marchand gave Boston a 2-1 lead on the power play when a shot from Pastrnak went off his skates at 14:33 of the second period.

"I'm around the front of the net," Marchand said. "I just happened to find a couple pucks around there and kind of nice plays. But I think it's mostly because I'm now in front of the net instead of on the half-wall."

Video: BOS@TBL, Gm2: Marchand redirects shot for PPG

Nikita Kucherov tipped a shot from Kevin Shattenkirk to tie it 2-2 at 15:28.

Coleman gave the Lightning their first lead of the series, 3-2 at 10:40 of the third period, on a snap shot that beat Halak five-hole at the end of a breakaway.

Marchand scored on a wrist shot near the right post for his sixth goal in six games at 16:02.

"They tied the game with less than four minutes left," Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said. "Very happy with the way we responded. Think we deserved to win today."

NOTES: Vasilevskiy got his 22nd NHL postseason win, passing Nikolai Khabibulin and Ben Bishop for the most in Lightning history. … Pastrnak has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past three games since being unfit to play the previous three. His two assists gave him 51 points (19 goals, 32 assists) in 49 NHL postseason games, making him the seventh active player to reach 50 points in 50 playoff games. … Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh was unfit to play after missing the final 10:56 of Game 1. As part of the NHL Return to Play Plan, a team is not permitted to disclose player injury or illness information. staff writer Mike Zeisberger contributed to this report

Video: Coleman, Palat lead Lightning to Game 2 win in OT

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