National Hockey League
Tampa Bay 5, Boston 3
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 7, 2020
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Referees: Trevor Hanson, Kyle Rehman
Linesmen: Tony Sericolo, Andrew Smith
Attendance: 17850

Andrei Vasilevskiy held on with 35 saves throughout a tumultuous night as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the host Boston Bruins, 5-3, on Saturday.

Anthony Cirelli and Mikhail Sergachev scored short-handed, and Cedric Paquette and Alex Killorn also tallied as the Lightning won for just the third time in their last eight games. Nikita Kucherov added an empty-netter.

Charlie McAvoy, Sean Kuraly and David Pastrnak scored for the Bruins, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Tuukka Rask made 20 saves.

The teams combined for 94 penalty minutes after playing four days earlier in a 2-1 Boston win at Tampa Bay. Barclay Goodrow got it started on an elbow to the head of Ondrej Kase at 5:01 of the first period, and the Bruins went on the power play.

But it was the Lightning who scored seven seconds in when Cirelli got the puck off the faceoff and went top shelf to finish off a breakaway at 5:08. Sergachev then struck on a feed from Yanni Gourde from behind the net for a 2-0 lead at 6:10.

Boston continued to go after Goodrow, culminating in a fight between him and Chris Wagner at 10:45. Play calmed, and the Lightning took a 3-0 lead when Paquette was left alone in front of the net at 6:50 of the second.

Chaos ensued as the Bruins rallied. On a four-on-four after offsetting roughing minors, McAvoy scored at the tail end of a triangle breakout up ice at 14:50. Kuraly's goal trickled through the legs of Vasilevskiy with 1:23 left in the period, but it wasn't until 1:06 that the horn sounded after initial confusion regarding whether the puck crossed the line before being cleared.

At the sound of the horn, Boston's Zdeno Chara got tangled up with the Lightning's Pat Maroon, Cirelli subsequently blindsided Chara with a check to the back and a melee ensued. Kuraly and Erik Cernak were tossed for misconduct, and Lightning assistant coach Todd Richards was also ejected from the bench.

Tensions flared again at period's end, and Nick Ritchie and Blake Coleman were tossed.

Killorn's power-play goal on a torso-level redirect at 1:08 of the third made it 4-2 Tampa Bay. Pastrnak answered with a power-play one-timer at 6:37 but was later denied the tying goal by Vasilevskiy on a solo breakaway.

Kucherov's empty-netter with 1:02 left sealed the result.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Tampa Bay   Boston
Mikhail Sergachev 2 Points Charlie McAvoy 2
Mikhail Sergachev 1 Goals Charlie McAvoy 1
Mikhail Sergachev 1 Assists Charlie McAvoy 1
Alex Killorn 1 Power Play Goals David Pastrnak 1
Anthony Cirelli 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Andrei Vasilevskiy .921 Save Percentage Tuukka Rask .833
Andrei Vasilevskiy 35 Saves Tuukka Rask 20
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Tampa Bay 25 5 1-2 3-4 48 27
Boston 38 3 1-4 1-2 46 21
Upcoming Games
  • Boston will play their next game on the road against Philadelphia. The Bruins have a W/L % of .727 after a win and .440 after a loss.
  • Tampa Bay will play their next game on the road against Detroit. The Lightning have a W/L % of .619 after a win and .654 after a loss.