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


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 shot on net, the puck went through the crease for Palat to score on a wrist shot near the right post.

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

Blake Coleman scored twice, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves for Tampa Bay, the No. 2 seed in the East.

David Pastrnak had two assists, and Jaroslav Halak made 36 saves for the Bruins, the No. 4 seed.

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

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 Boston coach Bruce 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 went 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.

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 five-hole at the end of a breakaway before Marchand scored on a wrist shot near the right post for his sixth goal in six games at 16:02.

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.

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