BOSTON — Anthony Cirelli and Mikhail Sergachev scored short-handed goals just 1:02 apart in the first period and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Boston Bruins 5-3 on Saturday night.

Cedric Paquette and Alex Killorn also scored for the Lightning, who took a 3-0 lead and then held off the Bruins after a wild second period. Nikita Kucherov added an empty-net goal with 1:02 remaining as Tampa Bay ended Boston’s four-game winning streak.

By the time the game ended, the Lightning and Bruins combined for 36 penalties and 96 penalty minutes in their second meeting in four days. Boston leads the Eastern Conference with 98 points. The Lightning are tied for second with Washington with 89 points.

David Pastrnak scored his 48th goal for the Bruins. Charlie McAvoy had a goal and an assist and Sean Kuraly also scored for Boston.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 35 saves for the Lightning, who lost 2-1 to the Bruins at home on Tuesday.

Boston’s Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Boston pulled to within 3-2 on goals by McAvoy and Kuraly in the second period, which was held up twice when all five skaters for both clubs locked up after a whistle. The second time started with Zdeno Chara and Pat Maroon tangling near center ice. The stoppage gave officials a chance to review what was initially called no goal when Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point swept the puck from the goal line, but the replay showed the puck made it all the way over the line. Kuraly was credited with the goal and McAvoy got an assist.

Another scrum followed the horn at the end of the second period and led to more penalties.

Cirelli’s goal 5:08 into the first put the Lightning up 1-0 just 7 seconds after Lightning forward Barclay Goodrow went off for elbowing. The Lightning scored again 1:02 later after a turnover by the Bruins just outside their zone, as Yanni Gourde set up Sergachev for a one-timer from the slot.

Boston’s Chris Wagner and Goodrow served two-minute penalties in the first period for unsportsmanlike conduct after being separated before either could throw a punch. The penalties only delayed the bout, as both came out of the box and immediately threw down their gloves.

Paquette put Tampa Bay up 3-0 early in the second period with his seventh goal of the season.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.