Bruins 3, Lightning 2

Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter | Saturday, 03.02.2013 / 4:52 PM

A strong effort, including a fast start, wasn’t enough to propel the Tampa Bay Lightning past the Boston Bruins on Saturday afternoon.

Tampa Bay got out to an early 2-0 lead on a pair of power-play goals by Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn, but in the end, fell to the Bruins 3-2 at TD Garden in Boston.

Mathieu Garon made 24 saves for the Lightning, which lost for the fourth straight game.

Boston, meanwhile, extended its win streak to a season-high six games to pull ahead, at least temporarily, of the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Northeast Division. Montreal plays Pittsburgh later on Saturday night.

“They’re a tough team, so we came out with a real good start, but we knew they would push back because they’re a very physical group,” Lightning defenseman Keith Aulie said of the Bruins.

Brad Marchand snapped a 2-2 tie with just 2:16 remaining in regulation while on a four-minute power play, finishing off a 2-on-1 odd-man rush with Patrice Bergeron to score what proved to be the game-winning goal.

The tally came after Boston perhaps caught a lucky break when Lightning defenseman Brendan Mikkelson was sent off for high-sticking as he tried to slow down Milan Lucic, who was fighting for position as he drove towards the net. Mikkelson, though, came up high with his blade and inadvertently struck Lucic in the face, resulting in the penalty.

Overall on the afternoon, Boston went 2-for-5 on the power play, while Tampa Bay was 2-for-8. The teams combined for all but one goal in the game coming with the man advantage.

Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley also scored for the Bruins, while goaltender Anton Khudobin turned aside 20 of 22 shots in the win.

Stamkos opened the scoring just 5:32 into the game while on the power play, as he released a quick shot from a sharp angle that beat Khudobin to make it 1-0.

Killorn then made it 2-0 just 3:06 later, as he took a feed from Teddy Purcell, skated in with speed, and put a nifty backhand move on Khudobin, scoring while also on the man advantage nearly halfway through the opening frame.

“The way we’ve been playing lately, it was nice to get ahead early, especially on a pair of power-play goals,” Killorn said.

Stamkos’ goal gives him a league-leading 15 on the year, while he also extended the league’s longest active points streak to nine games on Saturday.

Tampa Bay’s lead though, didn’t last too long.

Boston scored twice in a span of 1:17 to pull even 2-2 just five minutes into the middle period.

With Eric Brewer off for interference, Seguin cut the deficit in half with a shot underneath the crossbar while on the power play.

Peverley tied it soon after, as he was left all alone near the net to beat Garon and tie the game at 4:39 with his third of the year.

Tampa Bay also received a four-minute power play of its own towards the end of the second period, but couldn’t capitalize.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
05:32TBL PPG - Steven Stamkos (15) ASST: Teddy Purcell (16), Marc-Andre Bergeron (4) 1 - 0 TBL
08:38TBL PPG - Alex Killorn (3) ASST: Teddy Purcell (17), Martin St. Louis (21) 2 - 0 TBL
2nd Period
03:22BOS PPG - Tyler Seguin (4) ASST: Dougie Hamilton (9), David Krejci (10) 2 - 1 TBL
04:39BOS Rich Peverley (3) ASST: Adam McQuaid (2), Daniel Paille (4) 2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
17:44BOS PPG - Brad Marchand (11) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (11) 3 - 2 BOS
Three Stars of the Game
Brad Marchand
Brad Marchand
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:57
Tyler Seguin
Tyler Seguin
G: 1Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 16:10
Teddy Purcell
Teddy Purcell
G: 0Shots: 0
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:19
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:11BOS Milan Lucic  Interference against  Martin St. Louis
05:45BOS Gregory Campbell  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Keith Aulie
05:45TBL Keith Aulie  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Gregory Campbell
07:46BOS Andrew Ference  Tripping against  Benoit Pouliot
08:57BOS Adam McQuaid  Fighting (maj) against  Pierre-Cedric Labrie
08:57TBL Pierre-Cedric Labrie  Fighting (maj) against  Adam McQuaid
10:45BOS Dennis Seidenberg  Boarding against  Benoit Pouliot
13:12TBL Keith Aulie  Interference against  Rich Peverley
19:51BOS Milan Lucic  Boarding against  Victor Hedman
2nd Period
02:04TBL Eric Brewer  Interference against  Milan Lucic
04:44TBL B.J. Crombeen  Elbowing (maj) against  Gregory Campbell
04:44BOS Gregory Campbell  Fighting (maj) against  B.J. Crombeen
06:29TBL Vincent Lecavalier  Boarding against  Johnny Boychuk
09:28BOS Jay Pandolfo  Boarding against  Alex Killorn
15:49BOS Andrew Ference  Hi stick - double minor against  Nate Thompson
3rd Period
10:46BOS Dougie Hamilton  Holding the stick against  Martin St. Louis
14:21TBL Brendan Mikkelson  Hi stick - double minor against  Milan Lucic
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/82/5
Faceoff Wins2037
Blocked Shots1411
Penalty Minutes2228
2E. BrewerD00-10215:17
3K. AulieD00-10413:46
4V. LecavalierC00-12220:21
11T. PyattC0001018:56
15B. LeeD0000010:28
16T. PurcellL0200017:19
17A. KillornC10-14019:06
19B. CrombeenR0000513:54
25M. CarleD0002024:25
26M. St. LouisR01-13026:18
29B. MikkelsonD000048:28
44N. ThompsonC0000015:46
47M. BergeronD0105010:20
67B. PouliotL000003:56
76P. LabrieL000155:34
77V. HedmanD0001027:09
89C. ConacherC0002014:28
91S. StamkosC1001025:38
32M. Garon2427.88958:10
11G. CampbellC0000711:48
17M. LucicL0001414:54
18N. HortonR0001016:01
19T. SeguinC1005016:10
20D. PailleL0110010:51
21A. FerenceD0002614:47
23C. KellyC0010013:45
27D. HamiltonD0102217:18
29J. PandolfoL000029:16
33Z. CharaD0013026:31
37P. BergeronC0104022:08
44D. SeidenbergD0003221:02
46D. KrejciC0101018:50
48C. BourqueL000107:17
49R. PeverleyC1011012:25
54A. McQuaidD0111511:40
55J. BoychukD0001022:07
63B. MarchandL1001017:57
35A. Khudobin2022.90960:00