Lightning advance to Eastern Conference Final with double OT win


Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

TORONTO, Canada (WFLA) – The Tampa Bay Lightning will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the fourth time in the past six years if they beat the Boston Bruins in this game.


This elimination game starts at an unreal pace. The players are creating plenty of scoring opportunities but the goalies are standing strong. They have not allowed any goals through the first 13 minutes of play.

Chara hits Kucherov in the face with his stick giving the Lightning a four minute power play, which is the first power play of the game. The Lightning cannot capitalize on that opportunity and, unfortunately, Kucherov does not return to the ice in the first period.


Kucherov returns to the ice to start the second period.

The Lightning strike first on a Ondrej Palat goal.

Pastrnak ties the game at one on a power play with 7:22 remaining in the second period.


Kucherov is not on the bench or on the ice.

The Bruins are on a mission in the third period. They are skating well and they are taking their shots.

McAvoy is hurt on a hit by Paquette. He is helped from the ice to the locker room.

The Lightning take the lead with 7:57 remaining in the third period. Cirelli scores the goal.

The Bruins tie the game at two with 2:33 remaining in this game.


This period seemed to be split fairly evenly. The Bruins did well in the opening half and the Lightning had their chances in the second half of it.

OVERTIME X 2: 3-2 Tampa Bay Lightning

Victor Hedman scores the game winning goal.

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