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Bruins 6, Lightning 5, OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Bruins 6, Lightning 5, OT
Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Boston Bruins 6

BOSTON (AP) -The Boston Bruins can dish out the heartbreak, too.

One game after blowing a three-goal, third-period lead to the surging Buffalo Sabres, the Bruins took it out on Tampa Bay, tying the game on Zdeno Chara's goal with 46.6 seconds left in regulation and beating the Lightning 6-5 when Glen Murray scored just 17 seconds into overtime.

"We haven't given the fans much to cheer about," said Murray, who also had a pair of assists. "But, obviously wins make the fans happy, plain and simple. And that was a big win for us, so hopefully we can get on a roll."

Boston has won just four games this season - two against Tampa Bay. In addition to Thursday's loss to Buffalo, the Bruins also blew a chance to go into overtime last week when Montreal scored with 1.2 seconds left in regulation.

"We've been through some tough times, these are really tough times," said Marc Savard, who had two goals and three assists. "We could have kicked the can and said, 'The hell with it,' especially tonight. This really credits our hockey club, the kind of people we have in here."

Tampa Bay scored a club-record four times in the second period to take a 5-4 lead, twice answering with goals less than 30 seconds after the Bruins scored. But after the teams played most of the third period without a goal, Boston showed it can strike quickly, too.

The Bruins pulled goalie Tim Thomas - a third-period sub for struggling Hannu Toivonen - with 90 seconds left, then picked up a 6-on-4 skating advantage with 52.8 seconds left when Cory Sarich went off with a double minor. Six seconds later, Savard's shot bounced off goalie Marc Denis and into the air in front of the net, where Chara was stationed.

The 6-foot-9 defenseman swatted with his glove and his stick and hit the crossbar-high puck into the net as he was being cross-checked by Filip Kuba. A goal was signaled, but it took four minutes for the officials to confirm it from the videotape.

The goal sent the game into overtime, and the cross-check gave the Bruins a 5-on-3.

Murray ended it quickly.

"They're up two men and they scored," said Martin St. Louis, who had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay. "Now it's tied and they still got two men because we got penalties. We feel very fortunate that we were able to hold them for the last 50 seconds so we could get that point."

Thomas stopped seven shots in relief of Toivonen, who gave up five goals on 21 shots before being pulled after two periods.

Vincent Lecavalier's four assists tied a team record and gave him 15 points (six goals, nine assists) during an eight-game scoring streak. St. Louis also has a point in eight straight (nine goals, five assists).

Lecavalier and St. Louis assisted on Nikita Alezeev's goal just 10 seconds after the Bruins took a 3-2 lead midway through the second. Tampa Bay struck quickly again to go up 5-4, getting an unassisted goal from Dimitry Afanasenkov with 1:46 left in the middle period just 27 seconds after Boston tied it.

"There were some weird things going on there in the second period," said Brad Richards, who scored the Lightning's second goal. "Turnovers, bounces. That's not going to happen every period."

Marc Denis stopped 27 shots for the Lightning, who have beaten the Bruins in Boston just twice in franchise history.

Notes: No Tampa Bay defenseman has scored this season. ... The Lightning scored four goals in the second period - the most they've netted in any period this season. ... Toivonen made his first start since Oct. 21.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:08
BOS
Marc Savard (3) ASST: P.J. Axelsson (3), Glen Murray (4)
1 - 0 BOS
12:13
TBL
PPG - Ruslan Fedotenko (6) ASST: Vinny Prospal (6), Vincent Lecavalier (8)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
07:15
TBL
PPG - Brad Richards (3) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (9), Filip Kuba (6)
2 - 1 TBL
09:08
BOS
Marc Savard (4) ASST: Glen Murray (5), Nathan Dempsey (1)
2 - 2 Tie
11:03
BOS
Phil Kessel (3) ASST: Shean Donovan (2), Wayne Primeau (1)
3 - 2 BOS
11:13
TBL
Nikita Alexeev (5) ASST: Martin St. Louis (5), Vincent Lecavalier (10)
3 - 3 Tie
15:38
TBL
Martin St. Louis (10) ASST: Vincent Lecavalier (11), Paul Ranger (7)
4 - 3 TBL
17:47
BOS
PPG - P.J. Axelsson (4) ASST: Marc Savard (9), Patrice Bergeron (6)
4 - 4 Tie
18:14
TBL
Dimitri Afanasenkov (2) ASST: NONE
5 - 4 TBL
3rd Period
19:13
BOS
PPG - Zdeno Chara (3) ASST: Marc Savard (10), Paul Mara (2)
5 - 5 Tie
OT Period
00:17
BOS
PPG - Glen Murray (6) ASST: Paul Mara (3), Marc Savard (11)
6 - 5 BOS
penalty summary
1st Period
05:16
TBL
Nikita Alexeev  Hooking
11:22
BOS
Matt Lashoff  Hooking
16:48
BOS
Wayne Primeau  Interference
18:34
TBL
Paul Ranger  Slashing
19:00
BOS
Marc Savard  Holding
2nd Period
05:12
BOS
Paul Mara  Delaying the game
05:58
BOS
Zdeno Chara  Hooking
15:08
BOS
Andrew Alberts  Cross checking
15:17
TBL
Nikita Alexeev  Hooking
17:25
TBL
Luke Richardson  Tripping
18:22
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Cross checking
3rd Period
02:44
BOS
Wayne Primeau  Hooking
04:54
TBL
Vincent Lecavalier  Hooking
19:07
TBL
Cory Sarich  Hi-sticking
19:07
TBL
Cory Sarich  Hi-sticking
19:13
TBL
Filip Kuba  Cross checking
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Marc Denis
SA: 33TOI: 60:17
Saves: 27EV: 17 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 10
SV%: .818SH: 3 - 3
Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
SA: 7TOI: 19:39
Saves: 7EV: 5 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Hannu Toivonen
Hannu Toivonen
SA: 21TOI: 40:00
Saves: 16EV: 10 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .762SH: 1 - 1