Mar 8, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov (89) defends Boston Bruins left wing David Pastrnak (88) during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Lightning Fall to Bruins Behind Marchand’s OT Goal

The Tampa Bay Lightning (39-23-5) lost a heart-breaker at the hands of the Boston Bruins (38-23-7) Sunday night, falling to their Atlantic division rival 1-0 in overtime.

Lightning and Bruins goaltenders Ben Bishop and Jonas Gustavsson had a combined 74 saves on 74 shots faced in regulation, before Boston forward Brad Marchand scored 10 seconds into overtime to send the Bruins to their second straight win. The goal was set up by assists from defenseman Torey Krug and forward Patrice Bergeron.

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Despite allowing the early overtime goal, it was another stellar performance from Bishop, who had a save percentage over .950 in a game for the 18th time this season, and the fourth in his past five appearances.

The shutout by Gustavsson was his first this season and the seventh of his career. It was the first time the Lightning had been shutout in 48 games, with their last coming on November 16th against the Florida Panthers.

Tampa Bay was without defenseman Anton Stralman, who missed the game due to an undisclosed injury. It was the first game Stralman has missed in his two seasons with the Lightning.

Tampa Bay has now lost two consecutive games, following a nine game win streak that was the longest in franchise history.

The Lightning and Bruins are now tied for first place in the Atlantic division with 83 points each. Tampa Bay has played one less game than Boston this season.

Up next, the Lightning will host the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday at 7:3o p.m.

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