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Lightning even series with Bruins in a 4-3 overtime win

Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues in Toronto.
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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. — Ondrej Palat scored at 4:40 of overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 to tie their Eastern Conference semifinal series at one game apiece. 

Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Andrei Vasilevskiy had 22 saves and became Tampa Bay’s all-time playoff leader with 22 wins, and the Lightning improved to 4-0 in overtimes games this postseason. 

Game 3 of the best-of-seven matchup is Wednesday night in Toronto. Blake Coleman had two goals and Nikita Kucherov also scored for Tampa Bay. 

Brad Marchand had two goals for Boston, Nick Ritchie also scored, and Jaroslav Halak finished with 36 saves.

Previous coverage is below.


The Tampa Bay Lightning look to even their series with the Boston Bruins as Round 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs gets underway at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. 

The Lightning lost the first game of the series 3-2 on Sunday, after initially falling behind 3-0. Bolts defenseman Victor Hedman managed to score two goals in the third period, but Boston was able to hold on to the lead in the closing moments of the game.

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 have faced the Bruins twice before in a best-of-seven playoff series, most recently in the 2018 Second Round when the Bolts won four in a row after dropping the opener to advance with a 4-1 series win.

Live Updates:

10:10 p.m. 

It's all over! The Lightning even their series with the Bruins (1-1) with a 4-3 overtime win.

9:48 p.m.

We're a little bit used to this. Tied at 3-3, the Lightning and Bolts head into overtime.

9:41 p.m.

This is playoff hockey: Bruins respond to tie things up again 3-3.

9:32 p.m.

There we go: Bolts take the 3-2 lead with 8:45 remaining in the third period.

9:12 p.m. 

And the third period begins with a 2-2 tie.

8:47 p.m.

But it's all tied up again -- the Bolts answer! We're 2-2 in the second period.

8:45 p.m.

Bruins take a 2-1 lead in the second period.

8:14 p.m.

The 2nd period is underway.

7:58 p.m.

After one period of play, the Lightning and Bruins are tied 1-1.

7:44 p.m.

Coleman ties the game at 1 on a superb assist by Bogosian at 12:42 in the first period.

7:25 p.m.

The Lightning answered with a goal of their own to tie the game at 1-1. The Bruins challenged, and the goal was overturned for offsides.

7:20 p.m.

Nick Ritchie kicks off the scoring in Game 2 with a Buins goal at 3:14 in the first period.

7:11 p.m.

Game two is officially underway as the Bolts look to even the series against the Bruins.

7:03 p.m.

Just moments away from puck drop in Toronto. Your Lightning starters: 

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