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Bolts take a series lead against Bruins in Game 3

The Bolts buried the Bruins 7-1.
Credit: AP
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy and Boston Bruins' Jake DeBrusk watch the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning have taken the lead against the Bruins in Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs after burying them 7-1. 

The Bolts' sticks were on fire throughout all three periods with goals by Ondrej Palat, Yanni Gourde, Mikhail Sergachev, Brayden Point, Alex Killorn (2) and Nikita Kucherov.

Solo goal by the Bruins was scored during the second period of tonight's game. The Lightning now lead the series 2-1 heading into Game 4. 

History is in the Lightning's favor. Tampa Bay has won five of its last six playoff meetings against Boston, including a 3-2 win in the second Round Robin game this postseason. The Lightning has faced the Bruins twice before in a best-of-seven playoff series, most recently in the 2018 Second Round when the Bolts won four games in a row after dropping the opener to advance with a 4-1 series win.

Game coverage below--

10:38 p.m. (Aug. 26): 

FINAL: 7-1! The Lightning now have the series lead.

10:35 p.m. (Aug. 26):

Now the teams go 4-on-3, with the Bolts down one, as Coleman gets into a shoving match after a whistle.

10:31 p.m. (Aug. 26):

Bolts get another power play, but it is short-lived as Paquette is called for interference.

10:21 p.m. (Aug. 26):

Lightning see another power play after a roughing call on the Bruins.They can't extend the lead further with the Bruins executing a clean penalty kill.

10:12 p.m. (Aug. 26):

First goal for Nikita Kucherov tonight to kick-off the third period. Bolts extend their lead even further: 7-1.

10:06 p.m. (Aug. 26): 

Here comes the third period! Bolts lead 6-1.

9:44 p.m. (Aug. 26):

Another goal for the Lightning who close out the second period 6-1! Alex Killorn gets his second goal of the night.

9:37 p.m. (Aug. 26):

The Lightning strike again! This time by Brayden Point on a breakaway. The team extends its lead: 5-1

9:25 p.m. (Aug 26):

Alex Killorn bumps up the Bolts lead during a second-period power play. The team now leads 4-1. 

9:15 p.m. (Aug. 26): 

Bruins get on the board for the first time tonight with a goal off of Brad Marchand's skate during a power play.

9:10 p.m. (Aug. 26):

Mikhail Sergachev makes it 3 for the Lightning! 

8:34 p.m. (Aug. 26):

BACK TO BACK GOALS!!!! The first comes off the stick of Ondrej Palat and the second comes from Yanni Gourde. Lightning lead 2-0 at the end of the first.

8:31 p.m. (Aug. 26):

Lightning lock down their second power play after Nick Ritchie is called for slashing.

8:13 (Aug. 26):

Bolts secure an early power play as Brandon Carlo gets called for tripping. 

8:11 (Aug. 26): 


8:03 p.m. (Aug. 26): 

Take a look at tonight's starting lineup.

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