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Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Boston Bruins in Game 4

The Bolts now lead the series 3-1.
Credit: AP
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Patrick Maroon (14) battles for the puck with Boston Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) in front of the net during the first period of an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game in Toronto, Ontario, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO, ON — The Tampa Bay Lightning win Game 4 in Round 2 against the Boston Bruins. The Lightning lead the series 3-1. 

Ondrej Palat scored twice, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their second-round series. 

Victor Hedman also scored a pinball, bouncing goal on Boston goaltender Jaroslav Halak. 

Halak has started every game since starter Tuukka Rask opted out of the playoffs in the middle of the first round. Tampa Bay has won three in a row since losing the series opener. Palat has four goals in that time, including the Game 2 overtime winner. 

The Lightning have the chance Monday to move on to the Eastern Conference final for the second time in three years.

You can find a play-by-play of the action in our live blog below. 

Live updates

2:57 p.m.

GAME OVER Bolts win 3-1. 

2:33 p.m.

Boston takes advantage of a Lightning penalty to find the net. Bolts lead 3-1 with just under 13 minutes to go.

2:01 p.m.

Bolts head to the 2nd Intermission with a 3-0 lead on the Bruins.

1:55 p.m.

3-0! Bolts score again. 

1:50 p.m.

The action stopped as Yanni Gourde is shaken up. Bruins' Nick Ritchie put him into the boards late. Ritchie is given a 5-minute major after a review. Gourde was able to skate off on his own power.

1:43 p.m.

Palat scores again with 7:31 left in the second period! Lightning lead 2-0.

12:40 p.m.

Lightning score the first goal of the game!  Point forces the turnover at center ice and finds Palat in front of the net. Bolts take the early lead.

11:41 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are gearing up for the game. Here's how to watch and stream it live. You can also tap the "Near Me" button in the bottom right-hand side of our free 10 Tampa Bay app to submit your fan photos in support of the Lightning!

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs resumed Saturday after games were postponed in protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

Game 4 of Round 2 between the Lightning and Bruins begins at noon ET on Saturday, Aug. 29. It's airing on NBC. It was originally scheduled for Friday night but was one of four games postponed due to the NHL's protest for racial justice.

“The Tampa Bay Lightning stand in solidarity with our players in electing to postpone the Stanley Cup Playoffs in order to advance the conversation on racial injustice and systemic racism," the Lightning said Thursday in a statement. "These issues that plague our society only serve to divide us and are far bigger than sports. We encourage the community to stand alongside us and continue to demand change and equality for all."  

Game 3 between the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET Saturday, and Game 3 between the Vancouver Canucks and Vegas Golden Knights will begin at 9:45 p.m. ET.

"Black and Brown communities continue to face real, painful experiences. The NHL and NHLPA recognize that much work remains to be done before we can play an appropriate role in a discussion centered on diversity, inclusion and social justice," the NHL wrote.  

"We understand that the tragedies involving Jacob Blake, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others require us to recognize this moment. We pledge to work to use our sport to influence positive change in society."

The Tampa Bay Rays also boycotted a game this week, refusing to play Thursday night against the Baltimore Orioles.

“Like the Orioles, our team struggled with the decision of whether to play this evening. The decision was made not to play, and we stand firmly with all those fighting for social justice and to end systemic racism," the Rays said in a statement.

The Bolts are coming into the latest game of round two on a series lead of 2-1 after burying the Bruins in Game 3 with a final score of 7-1.

Ondrej Palat, Yanni Gourde, Mikhail Sergachev, Brayden Point, Alex Killorn (2) and Nikita Kucherov all scored goals across all three periods.

If the Bolts take Game 4, it will put them within one win of moving on in the playoffs. We're helping keep you up to speed as you support the Bolts from afar.

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