Bruins Hang On For Game One Win Over Lightning

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d the win, scoring 1:17 into the third period, and set up on a play that began with teammate Patrice Bergeron stripping Ryan McDonagh of the puck from behind in the Lightning zone.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper might not have liked how his team started, but he was impressed by how it battled back.

“We were probably lucky we were only down one going into the second period, but it was really unfortunate that we were down two going into the third just by the chances we had,” Cooper said. “But you can’t start games the way we did.”

Halak proved to be the difference with his best save coming with about four minutes left in the second period. With the Lightning in on a 3-on-1 break, he managed to get a piece of his glove on the puck to foil Barclay Goodrow, who was set up alone to the right of the net.

NOTES: McDonagh’s status is uncertain after leaving the game midway through the third period. Cooper would only say he was unfit to return. … With the assist, Krejci extended his point streak to seven games in which he has combined for three goals and seven assists. … D Zdeno Chara appeared in his 146th playoff game with Boston, moving ahead of Wayne Cashman for second on franchise list. Ray Bourque is first with 180. … The Bruins announced during the first intermission signing now playoff backup goalie Dan Vladar to a three-year, $2.25 million contract extension.


Game 2 is Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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