By Arnie Leshin
The Tampa Bay Lightening evened its semifinals playoff series with the Boston Bruins Tuesday night on an overtime goal from IG Palat for a 4-3 win in the Easteverrn Conference National Hockey League playoffs of the restarted shortened season at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto..
It was a goal in each period by by each team before Palat scored the game winner after 6:13 of the overtime. Brad Marchand sent a pair of goals into the net for Tampa Bay in the first and second periods, and another came from Nick Ritchie in period three. For the Bruins, Blake Coleman iced goals in the second and third periods after teammate Nikita Kuchero scored in the opening period to knot the score at 1-1.
The Lightening picked up two assists from David Pastanek and one from Sean Kurally, while Coleman assisted on Kuchero’s goal for Boston. The teams play again Thursday.
In the other game played Tuesday night in the Western Conference, the Vancouver Canucks played a lot better in game two after being shut out by the top-seeded Las Vegas Golden Knights in game one, this time skating off with a 5-2 victory led by a pair of goals from Bo Horvat and one each from Elian Petterson, Tyler Toffooloily and Tanner Pearson, with Petterson and Toffoolooly added two assists each.
Vancouver took a 2-0 lead after one period, upped it to 3-0 before Max Pachoretty tallied for Las Vegas, then the Canucks added two more goals in period three before Vancouver put in its final goal as the series is now all even at 1-1. The Golden Knights, who also received a goal from Alex Tuch, out shot Vancouver 40-27, but only the final score counts. The teams play again Thursday at Rogers Place in Edmonton.
On today’s schedule, the Eastern Conference has the New York Islanders trying to make it two-straight over the No.1-seeded Philadelphia Flyers, and in the Western Conference, the Dallas Stars go for its third win in a row over the Colorado Avalanche.