The Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning were the two top teams in the NHL entering Monday night’s contest. Boston had a 4-2 third-period, but it vanquished. With the game tied at four, Anthony Cirelli scored the game-winning goal with 53 seconds remaining to lift Tampa Bay to a 5-4 win over Boston.
Steven Stamkos scored 6:42 into the game for the Lightning.
Brad Marchand tied the game at one for the Bruins 1:48 later on the power play.
Stamkos scored his second goal of the period with 5:02 remaining.
Boston struck three times in the second-period with goals scored by Charlie Coyle at the 8:42 mark, Brandon Carlo with 6:19 remaining in the period, and Brad Marchand with 5:28 remaining in the second-period.
Victor Hedman scored 5:36 into the third-period for Tampa Bay. Nikita Kucherov tied the game at four with 6:45 remaining in regulation and the rest was history.
Tuukka Rask finished with 23 saves for Boston. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 13 saves for Tampa Bay.
These two teams will play each other one more time this season on the final day of the regular season on April 6 in Boston.
Tampa Bay has already clinched the number one overall seed in the postseason and Boston currently has a five-point lead on the Toronto Maple Leafs for second place in the Atlantic Division.
The Bruins next game will be at home on Wednesday night against the New York Rangers. The Lightning’s next game will be at home against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.