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Lightning lose in shootout to Boston

TAMPA — Seven rounds of shootout were needed to drop the Lightning once again.

Reilly Smith converted the only shootout attempt to hand Tampa Bay a 4-3 shootout loss on Saturday at The Forum.

The Lightning gained a point to end a three-game losing streak, but have just three wins in the past 12 games.

Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist while Valtteri Filppula and Mark Barberio had goals for Tampa Bay. Ben Bishop finished with 29 saves.

Daniel Paille Johnny Boychuk and Carl Soderberg scored for Boston. Tuukka Rask stopped 17 shots

Looking for something good to happen, the Lightning went out and tried to force something good to happen utilizing their speed to exit their own zone and transition up the ice quickly. That had Boston chasing for a good portion of the first period as the Lightning fired off the first seven shots - including a one-timer by Richard Panik that was stopped by Rask at 10:03 - and keeping the Bruins at bay and to the outside. Boston did not register a shot on goal until the 13:54 mark when Chris Kelly flipped a shot from outside the blue line that Bishop had to stop. The first shot on goal by the Bruins from inside the blue line came at 15:03 on a slap shot by Torey Krug.

But Boston started to build some momentum, aided by a power play chance with 1:27 left in the first, and nearly broke open the scoring when Loui Eriksson missed wide on a rebound shot at the buzzer.

On the same penalty kill to start the second period, it was Tampa Bay that opened up the scoring when Tyler Johnson pushed a puck forward, chased it into the nuetral zone before getting knocked to the ice. But Johnson quickly regained his skates and and continued on into the Boston zone. Rask came out to the hash marks to try to poke the puck away, but it popped loose to Palat, who had his initial shot stopped by Rask, but poked the rebound through Rask, collected the puck and scored into the open net 27 seconds into the second period for his second shorthanded goal of the season.

The goal ended a Lightning scoreless streak against Boston at 169 minutes, 55 seconds, which dates back to opening night in Boston.

Less than four minutes later Barberio fired a slap shot from the center point that hit the stick of Jarome Iginla and fluttered toward the net and under the skate of Nate Thompson in front and past Rask at 4:13 for a 2-0 lead.

But the Bruins turned it up a notch after falling behind by two goals, and cut the deficit in half on a hustle play by Paille, who stayed on his skates after colliding with Johnson in the offensive zone, chased the puck toward the crease and put a blind backhand shot past Bishop at 6:58. Soderberg then got behind the defense when Tampa Bay failed to get the puck in deep and was sprung for a breakaway by Kelly that he converted at 8:29 to allow Boston to tie the score with goals 91 seconds apart.

The game did not stay tied long, however, when Filppula won a faceoff in the offensive zone to Palat, who found Filppula cutting across the top of the slot for a quick wrist shot to regain the lead at 9:31, 61 seconds after the Bruins tied the game.

Boston had an early power play chance in the third period, but Zdeno Chara hit the crossbar and Jarome Iglina put one off the post to keep Tampa Bay in the lead. But Boychuk pulled the Bruins even when he stepped into a slap shot as the puck came to him open at the right point that ramped off Bishop and in at 8:11.

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