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When Phil Kessel scored just two minutes into the game, it looked as if the Bruins were going to pour it on the 28-loss Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning struck right back with two quick goals just minutes later from Jeff Halpern and Adam Hall to take the lead in what became a back-and-forth contest.
The Lightning scored again in the second, sandwiched by a Bruins goal in the first from Andrew Ference, and a tying goal from Zdeno Chara late in the second period. Manny Fernandez and the Bruins’ D could not preserve the 3-3 tie late in the third period, falling to the Lightning 4-3 Sunday night.
Vaclav Prospal scored his 15th goal of the season with less than two minutes to go in regulation. Fernandez didn’t have a good view of the action as many players were in his way, and Prospal took advantage by sneaking the power play goal past the Bruins goaltender.
Fernandez had a pretty bad game considering the Lightning had only 18 shots on goal. Fernandez finished with 14 saves and faced little pressure all game, as the Lightning only mustered four shots in third period.
Boston’s offense scored three times, but on 43 shots. Lightning goalie Karri Ramo was excellent in the third, stopping all 15 shots he faced. He finished with 40 saves overall.
The Bruins will look for revenge Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers, who beat the B’s 2-0 Saturday night.