Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves to help the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Sunday.
Halak has won four straight starts, allowing seven goals on 110 shots, since Boston goalie Tuukka Rask opted out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Aug. 15.
Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, the No. 4 seed in the East.
Victor Hedman scored twice, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves for Tampa Bay, the No. 2 seed.
Teams that win Game 1 are 485-220 (68.7 percent) winning a best-of-7 NHL playoff series, including a 7-1 record in the first round this season.
Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is in Toronto, the hub city for the East, on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS).
Charlie Coyle put the Bruins ahead 1-0 at 18:52 of the first period when he deflected a shot from Brandon Carlo.
Pastrnak made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 4:34 of the second period. He scored on a one-timer from the left face-off dot off a cross-ice pass from David Krejci.
Krejci has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) during a seven-game point streak.
Marchand scored on a one-timer off a backhand pass from Pastrnak, extending the lead to 3-0 at 1:17 of the third period. The assist gave Pastrnak four points (one goal, three assists) in two games since being unfit to play the previous three.
Hedman cut it to 3-1 on Tampa Bay’s first shot of the third, a snap shot at 8:50, before pulling the Lightning within 3-2 with 1:14 remaining. Each of his goals went off Boston defenseman Charlie McAvoy.
Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh left midway through the third period for undisclosed reasons.