Hagel scores in OT as the Lightning beat the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins 5-4

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos scored the tying goal with 4.8 seconds left in regulation and Brandon Hagel scored the winning goal on a breakaway 1:19 into overtime as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins defeated 5-4 on Monday night.

Tanner Jeannot, Nicholas Paul and Austin Watson scored for the Lightning. Jonas Johansson saved 22 shots.

Stamkos’ goal came after Victor Hedman blocked a clearance attempt in the Boston zone. Hedman also assisted on Hagel’s goal.

Pavel Zacha, David Pastrnak, John Beecher and Charlie Coyle scored for Boston. Jeremy Swayman stopped 41 shots as the Bruins fell to 13-1-3 on the season.

Tampa Bay star Nikita Kucherov cautiously skated off the ice midway through the second period but returned in the third period.

Pastrnak and Beecher scored 1:21 apart midway through the third period before Watson brought Tampa Bay even at 3-3 just 57 seconds after Beecher’s goal. Coyle then gave Boston a 4-3 lead with 3:51 left.

It’s only the fourth time Boston has allowed more than two goals in a game.

After failing to score in a minute-long 5-on-3 power play early in the second period. Paul gave the Lightning a 2-1 lead on a deflected shot from Mikhail Sergachev with 30 seconds left.

Tampa Bay’s best home power play went 1 for 6 against the league’s best penalty kill, the Bruins. Boston failed to score on its two power plays.

Pastrnak extended his point streak to seven games with a deft pass from deep to set up Zacha’s goal that tied the game at 1-1 in the middle of a fast-paced first period in which Tampa Bay held a 19-12 shots advantage .

Brad Marchand also assisted on Zacha’s goal and moved past Lightning broadcaster Phil Esposito into fourth place in franchise history with 431 road points. The left wing has picked up a point in six games in a row.


Bruins: At Florida on Wednesday night.

Lightning: Host Winnipeg on Wednesday night.


Luke Plunkett

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