TAMPA, Florida — Brad Marchand scored his 34th goal of the season nine seconds into the overtime period to give the Boston Bruins a 1-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Tuesday night.
Boston (38-23-7) moved into a tie with the Lightning for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Bruins netminder Jonas Gustavsson had 42 saves in the win.
Tampa Bay (39-23-5) got 32 saves from former University of Maine standout Ben Bishop and several opportunities against Gustavsson but failed to put anything in the net.
Marchand’s goal came when the Bruins got a 2-on-1 break off the faceoff. Patrice Bergeron carried the puck into the zone and made a clean pass to Marchand in the slot where he tipped the puck past Bishop for the goal.
In a tight-checking game, both teams found it tough to get anything in the net during regulation. Lightning forward Alex Killorn was robbed by Gustavsson on a tip from a shot by defenseman Nikita Nesterov shot in the second period.
Bishop made equally impressive saves in the period, one on a redirection attempt from Bruins forward Landon Ferraro and a second save on center Loui Eriksson when he skated cleanly into the slot.
The Lightning outshot the Bruins 34-21 in the final two periods.
NOTES: Lightning D Anton Stralman was not on the ice for warmups and the team called up D Luke Witkowski from AHL Syracuse. It’s the first game Stralman has missed since joining the Lightning at the start of the 2014-15 season. … Bruins G Tuukka Rask was a healthy scratch after making 47 saves in a 5-4 win against the Florida Panthers on Monday. … Lightning D Andrej Sustr returned to the lineup after missing the past three games with an lower-body injury. … Bruins RW David Pastrnak was demoted to the fourth line during Monday’s game but was back on the second line with LW Loui Eriksson and C David Krejci.
Islanders 2, Penguins 1
NEW YORK — Anders Lee was credited with the game-winning goal with 11:05 remaining in the third period Tuesday night as the surging New York Islanders edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 at Barclays Center.
The Islanders, fresh off the most successful seven-game road trip in franchise history (6-1-0), won four straight and 11 of 14 overall to improve to 37-20-7. With Tuesday’s victory, they remained three points behind the second-place New York Rangers in the Metropolitan Division and moved five points ahead of the fourth-place Penguins.
Kris Letang scored for the Penguins (34-24-8), who lost for the third time in five games, but remained the first wild card in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the Detroit Red Wings and three points ahead of the ninth-place Philadelphia Flyers.
Lee, who served as a screen when John Tavares scored the Islanders’ first goal in the first period, was jostling for position with Letang in front of the net during a New York power play. Lee won the battle as teammate Nick Leddy wound up for a slap shot and the puck ticked off his stick as Letang tried to scramble back to his feet.
Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak recorded 31 saves before leaving with an injury with 4:17 left in the game. Backup Thomas Griess made two saves in relief.
Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury racked up 25 saves.
The crowd of 14,724 was whipped into a frenzy following a sequence of events that ended with Tavares’ power play goal 8:04 into the first. During the stoppage necessitated by a hooking call on the Penguins’ Patric Hornqvist, Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby exited to a chorus of boos due to an equipment issue.
The public address announcer was in the midst of explaining Hornqvist’s penalty when Tavares’ slap shot sailed under the right arm of Fleury, who was screened by Lee and the Penguins’ Brian Dumoulin.
The Penguins tied the score at 13:13, when Letang took a pass from Crosby, skated up to the edge of the goalmouth to Halak’s right and fired a shot over the goalie’s head that bounced off crossbar and into the net.