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Three-goal second period sparks Bruins past Lightning

Tuukka Rask makes 30 saves, Boston ends three-game losing streak

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

BOSTON -- Tuukka Rask made 30 saves and forward Jimmy Hayes scored his first goal in 36 games during a three-goal second period to help the Boston Bruins end a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden on Sunday.

Dominic Moore and David Backes also scored in the second period for the Bruins (12-10-0). David Pastrnak scored in the third period and Torey Krug had two assists.

 Hayes' goal was his first point of the season and his first goal since Feb. 24, 2016, against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"It feels really good. It's been a while," Hayes said. "To be able to contribute and get a goal and start moving in the right direction, that's what the plan is."


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Ben Bishop made 26 saves for the Lightning (13-9-1), who started a three-game road trip by losing for the second straight game and third time in their past four. Victor Hedman scored with 2:39 remaining in the third period to end Rask's shutout bid.

"Really, it was just a nothing game. We were having a good road game and then basically it was blown assignments," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "That's the tough part. ... Big picture, the guys played hard. Every time we made a little mistake they put it in the net, and that's tough."

The Bruins were already without injured defenseman Zdeno Chara (lower body) for the third straight game when they lost defenseman John-Michael Liles at 5:07 of the first period. Liles crashed into the end wall after colliding with Bishop's stick outside the Tampa Bay crease. He was helped off the ice with an upper-body injury and did not return.

Boston was down to four defensemen because Krug was in the penalty box for the first 8:46 of the second after a minor penalty for slashing and a major for fighting. That didn't stop the Bruins from taking control of the game.

Video: TBL@BOS: Moore bangs in a pass from Miller

Moore scored from in front of Bishop at 2:24 for a 1-0 lead. Backes scored on a double deflection during a power play at 12:30 to make it 2-0, and Hayes extended the lead to 3-0 at 17:33.

Pastrnak scored at 9:43 of the third for a 4-0 lead.

The Bruins had scored four goals during their three-game losing streak.

"I think just we went back to a lot of things that we had done so well before," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "We were throwing more pucks at the net, we were there, we were around the net. We were not looking to pass around and then play a perimeter [offensive]-zone game. But we really got to the inside and we made things happen there."


Goal of the game

After Krug took a wrist shot and Patrice Bergeron tipped the puck from between the circles, Backes deflected it past Bishop from the top of the blue paint.

Video: TBL@BOS: Backes tips in Krug's wrister for a PPG


Save of the game

Rask stopped a flourish of three Lightning shots, two from the slot, and froze the puck at 11:21 of the third period.

Video: TBL@BOS: Rask makes a spectacular series of stops


Highlight of the game

After dishing the puck to David Krejci at the blue line, Hayes drove to the net and tipped Krejci's backhand pass behind Bishop to make it 3-0.

Video: TBL@BOS: Hayes' beautiful redirection goes top shelf


Unsung moment of the game

The Bruins' fourth-ranked penalty kill went 2-for-2 against the Lightning's fourth-ranked power play, limiting Tampa Bay to one shot on net, during the scoreless first period.


They said it

"We were all obviously pulling for him and he's working so hard. He really works his butt off every night, so it was really great to see him get rewarded tonight." - Bruins forward Dominic Moore on linemate Jimmy Hayes


"We started waking up and skating more in the third period. We've just got to do a better job from the get-go. Definitely some bad bounces didn't go our way but we've got to be better from the get-go." - Tampa Bay forward Jonathan Drouin


Video: TBL@BOS: Hedman's point shot redirects past Rask


Need to know

Tampa Bay forward Ondrej Palat was limited to three shifts in the third period. Cooper didn't have an update after the game. ... Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman (upper body) missed his eighth straight game and forward J.T. Brown (upper body) missed his third straight. Each has been practicing and could return during the Lightning's road trip. ... Chara skated on his own Sunday morning and remains day-to-day. ... Julien coached his 726th game for the Bruins, tying Milt Schmidt for second on the franchise's all-time list. Next up: Art Ross (772 games).


What's next

Lightning: At the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, SUN, NHL.TV).

Bruins: At the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SNO, TVA Sports, NESN, NHL.TV)


Video: Rask turns aside 30 shots, leads Bruins to 4-1 win

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