The Tampa Bay Lightning (4-2-1) needed the shootout, but used it to pick up a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins (5-1-1) on Thursday night in Boston.
The Bruins struck first in this contest when David Pastrnak scored on the power play midway through the first, and it looked like that would be the score going into the first intermission. However, Brayden Point scored with under a second to go to tie the game 1-1 heading into the first intermission and giving the Lightning a lot of momentum to build on. Again when the Bruins took a lead on the power play, this time from Patrice Bergeron, Mathiu Joseph was able to score moments later to tie the game 2-2.
In the third period the Lightning took their first lead when Kevin Shattenkirk scored at the 15:13 mark, and appeared in position to get out of Boston with a regulation win. The Bruins answered, though, as David Pastrnak scored on the power play under two minutes later and this game would go to overtime, ensuring each team got a pint.
After a scoreless overtime frame, both teams had trouble getting anything going in the shootout. After neither team scored through the first three rounds of the shootout, Steven Stamkos was able to come up with a shootout goal in the fourth round that would prove to be the difference. Andrei Vasilevskiy went 34-for-37 in net through regulation and overtime, as well as getting four more saves in overtime, to clinch the win for Tampa Bay. Tuukka Rask went 33-for-36 in net for the Bruins in the losing effort.
Tampa Bay now returns home after a six game road trip - they play host to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night at Amalie Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM Saturday - pregame coverage begins at 6 PM on News Radio WFLA.