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Game Over: Hedman, Lightning Beat Bruins in Double OT to Advance



Tampa Bay Lightning beat Boston Bruins

The Boston Bruins put up a fight but Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman scored the game-winner on a wrist shot through traffic in double OT to sink the Bruins in Game 5 and end the Bruins season. The Tampa Bay Lightning will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals after beating the Boston Bruins on Monday night, 3-2 in Game 5.

David Pastrnak and David Krejci scored for the Bruins. Ondrej Palat, Anthony Cirelli, and Hedman scored for the Lightning.

Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves in the loss, while Andrei Vasilevskiy made 45 saves in the win.

The Lightning struck first in the second period when Palat tipped in a Kevin Shattenkirk shot from the blue line and over the glove side of Halak.

Then, Nikita Kucherov tripped Charlie McAvoy by the benches to put the Lightning on the penalty kill.

David Krejci received a pass from Bergeron at the top of the right face-off circle. Then, he no-looked a pass to Pastrnak who was wide open at the left face-off dot. Pastrnak one-timed a slap-shot past Vasilevskiy to tie the game at one goal apiece.

Whenever the Bruins have found their rhythm, it appears that something happens to take it away. Less than six minutes into the final frame of regulation play, Charlie McAvoy was hit from behind by Cedric Paquette and left the game.

Paquette received no penalty on the play. But, McAvoy did return with less than seven minutes to go in the third period.

Another unfortunate bounce led to Tampa taking the lead with less than eight minutes to go. Off of the face-off in the offensive zone, Victor Hedman took a shot at the top of the circle that was redirected by Cirelli in front of Halak to find the back of the net.

Then just as minutes began to wind down, the Bruins found some life. In the slot, Krejci received a pass from Zdeno Chara and redirected it into the net to tie the game at two goals.

The Bruins would go on the power play for the final two minutes of regulation play, but could not end it in the first 60 minutes. So, to overtime it went.

But, 20 minutes of extra hockey was not enough, and another extra period was needed.

With just over five minutes to go in 2OT, Hedman found a lane in the offensive zone and skated the puck in, shooting it five-hole on Halak who was screened by Patrick Maroon and Torey Krug right out front.

The Boston Bruins are headed home, while the Lightning will fly to Edmonton to play their next series.

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