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NHL: Lightning Comeback Falls Short in 3-2 Loss to Bruins

TORONTO – Tampa Bay dropped Game 1 of its 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round series against Boston after the Bruins earned a 3-2 victory Sunday night at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.

The Bruins scored the first three goals in the game to build an insurmountable lead and held off a late push by the Lightning.

Victor Hedman got the Lightning on the board at 8:50 of the third period, sending a wrist shot through traffic from the high slot past Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak (35-of-37 saves) to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Hedman scored again, this time with the Lightning net empty and an extra attacker on, to cut the deficit to 3-2 with 1:14 remaining.

Boston scored the game’s opening goal, Charlie Coyle getting a tip on Brandon Carlo’s shot from the point to tip a puck over the shoulder of Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy and put the Bruins in front 1-0 at 18:52 of the first period.

 The Bruins increased their lead to 2-0 at 4:34 of the second after connecting on a power play, David Pastrnak one-timing a shot from the left circle into the back of the net.

Boston made it 3-0 early in the third period, Brad Marchand scoring at 1:17 of the final frame what would prove to be the game-winning goal.

 Vasilevskiy stopped 28-of-31 shots in defeat. Vasilevskiy falls to 6-3 this postseason.

The Lightning and Bruins will battle in Game 2 of the Second Round series Tuesday, Aug. 25 from Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, the first half of a back-to-back set for the two teams.

GAME NOTES: Tampa Bay outshot Boston 37-31…. Nikita Kucherov took eight shots to pace the Lightning, a career high for shots in the postseason for Kucherov…the Lightning fall to 8-6 all-time against Boston in the postseason, including a 1-1 record in the 2020 Playoffs…Tampa Bay dropped to 79-67 all-time in the playoffs and 42-34 under head coach Jon Cooper…The loss ends a three-game win streak in the 2020 Playoffs for the Lightning and a four-game postseason win streak over the Bruins dating back to the 2018 Playoffs.

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