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NHL: Tampa Bay’s Home Point Streak Snapped in 5-2 Loss 5-2 Bruins

TAMPA – A pair of goals from David Pastrnak in the first 6:10, including the game-opening tally 71 seconds in, set the tone that Saturday’s matchup versus the Bruins would be tough sledding for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Boston was off and running from there, keeping Tampa Bay in check for most of the first 40 minutes and hanging on in the third to send the Bolts to a 5-2 loss at AMALIE Arena.

The regulation defeat brings an end to Tampa Bay’s nine-game home point streak.

Down by two after the first period, Boston took command of the game with another pair of unanswered goals in the middle frame.

Brad Marchand made it a 3-0 game with a redirection at the far post 26 seconds into the period before Anton Blindh added a fourth goal at 14:54.

The Bolts showed signs of life in the third, cutting the deficit to two on goals from Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point. However, Marchand added his second of the night into an empty net with less than three minutes to play to cement Boston’s victory.

The Lightning did have chances, as evidenced by their 29 total shots on goal, but they lacked clinical finishing against Boston netminder Linus Ullmark in the early going. Highlighting those missed opportunities was an 0-for-4 night with the man advantage that included an empty 5-on-3 power play.

The National Hockey League announced today that, due to COVID-related issues affecting the New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers, tomorrow night’s Tampa Bay at New Jersey and Ottawa at Edmonton games have been postponed.

The Senators-Oilers game has been rescheduled for Saturday, Jan. 15, at 8 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET) in Edmonton. The new date for the Lightning-Devils game has yet to be determined.

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