NHL Game Summary - Boston at Tampa Bay
(Sunday, February 22nd)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Vinny Prospal netted the game-winner on the power play late in the third period, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 win over the suddenly-reeling Boston Bruins at St. Pete Times Forum.
Jeff Halpern registered a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Adam Hall and Mark Recchi also scored, while Karri Ramo made 40 saves, including 15 over the final 20 minutes, to earn the win.
"Karri (Ramo) played great for us," Prospal said. "He made all the saves he needed to make to keep us in the game."
Andrew Ference notched his first goal of the season for Boston and committed the penalty that led to the go-ahead tally by Prospal. Phil Kessel and Zdeno Chara also lit the lamp for the East-leading Bruins, who concluded a five-game road trip with a 1-3-1 record and lost for the sixth time in their last seven outings overall.
Marc Savard collected two assists and Manny Fernandez stopped 14-of-18 shots to take the loss.
"I thought we worked hard out there today," said Kessel. "You want to get a win. We just have to keep battling and keep trying to improve, do the little things and get back on track."
Ference was assessed a delay of game penalty with 2:50 remaining in the third period for lifting the puck over the glass while in the defensive zone and Tampa Bay converted on the subsequent power play. Prospal set up shop in the low slot and hammered Halpern's pass from behind the enemy cage over the left shoulder of Fernandez for the game-winner with 1:33 to play.
Boston drew first blood 1:38 into the contest on Kessel's team-best 25th tally of the season. The fifth overall pick in 2006, Kessel unleashed a quick shot from between the circles that beat Ramo on the blocker side for his first goal since January 3rd.
The Bolts, though, struck twice in a 15-second span to assume a one-goal lead. Matt Pettinger's backhand feed from behind the net found Halpern for a one- timer at 4:44 of the first period, then Hall scored on the wraparound as Fernandez tried to seal off the right post.
Ference tied it up on the power play with 3:18 remaining in the opening frame.
The veteran Recchi restored the lead for Tampa Bay, tipping a pass from Josef Melichar down low at the midway point of the second period, but Chara evened things up with 4:43 to play in the middle stanza.
Chuck Kobasew dashed down the right-wing boards, gained the zone and handed the puck off to Chara, who was trailing the play. The towering defenseman cradled the pass before whipping a shot from the slot that eluded Ramo on the stick side.
Recchi ranks 29th all-time in goals with 535 and 16th in points with 1,419...Tampa Bay had dropped eight of the last 10 meetings with the Bruins...Boston begins a six-game homestand on Tuesday versus Florida...Tampa Bay kicks off a three-game tour of western Canada on Tuesday in Edmonton.
02/22 21:08:57 ET