Lightning defeat Bruins in Game 4 of Eastern Second Round


Ondrej Palat scored two goals, including the game winner, in Tampa Bay’s 3-1 victory over Boston Saturday afternoon.

Vasilevskiy had a shutout going until 7:04 of the third period when Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk scored a power play goal. This is the second straight game where Vasilevskiy has allowed just one goal. Tampa Bay has taken a 3-1 series lead against the Bruins.

“The other day, I do feel those games happen from time to time where the other team is better and they take advantage of opportunities,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “They keep getting opportunities and taking advantage of them. So I don’t think we had our legs in Game 3. This one, I thought we did. We had our energy level. 

“We were competing hard, winning our share of races, winning pucks. To score goals, we have to hit the net more often.”

Palat has four goals and six points in the first four games of the Lightning’s second round series. Victor Hedman accounted for Tampa Bay’s other marker. Nikita Kucherov assisted on two of the Lightning’s three goals. Tyler Johnson, Brayden Point, and Anthony Cirelli each registered an assist for Tampa Bay.

Teams that have a 3-1 lead are 284-29 (90.7 percent) winning a best-of-7 NHL series, including 6-0 this postseason.

Game 5 is in Toronto, the East hub city, on Monday