April 24th, 2024

Brayden Point scores, Andrei Vasilevskiy stops 23, surging Lightning beat Bruins 3-1

By Mark Didtler, The Associated Press on March 27, 2024.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Brayden Point scored his 42nd goal of the season to break a second-period tie, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves, and the surging Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Tampa Bay also got goals from Mitchell Chaffee and Nikita Kucherov as the Lightning improved to 7-0-1 over their last eight games. The Lightning moved within two points of third-place Toronto in the Atlantic Division.

Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman and Point both returned after missing one game with lower-body injuries.

Linus Ullmark stopped 28 shots, and Danton Heinen scored for the Bruins. Boston was coming off a 4-3 win Tuesday night at Florida.

Point put the Lightning up 2-1 on a wraparound 6:50 into the second. The centre has 10 goals over his last seven games.

Kucherov took over the NHL points lead with 124 on an empty-net goal with 27 seconds left.

Vasilevskiy won his 290th game to tie Ed Giacomin for 46th place on the career list.

Tampa Bay appeared to go up 3-1 on what would have given Steven Stamkos his ninth 30-goal season at 5:44 of the third, but a video review found the play was offside.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Play the fourth of a six-game trip Saturday night at Washington.

Lightning: Host the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

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