Boston at Tampa Bay

Prospal's late power-play goal lifts Lightning past Bruins wire reports

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Boston Bruins couldn't help but wonder how the Tampa Bay Lightning have managed to lose so many games this season.

"They didn't play like (a team near the bottom of the standings)," Boston coach Claude Julien said after Tampa Bay's 4-3 victory Sunday night. "I think if all the cards were aligned, I don't think they be in the bottom of the league. You just have to look at the guys that they have up front. There's a lot of firepower there."

Vaclav Prospal beat Manny Fernandez on a power play with 1:33 left to lift the Lightning past the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins.

Jeff Halpern, Adam Hall and Mark Recchi also scored for Tampa Bay, and Karri Ramo made 40 saves. The Lightning are 13th in the Eastern Conference, 16 points out of one of the last of the eight playoff positions.

"We're all playing for something," Prospal said. "If a team like (Boston) coming into our building wouldn't be a challenge for us, then maybe we should get a new job.

"We're a lot of points out of a playoff spot. Right now, for us, it's just about playing hard every night and come out with an effort that will get us the win."

Phil Kessel, Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara scored for Boston, coming off a 2-0 loss at Florida on Saturday night.

Kessel opened the scoring 1:38 into the first with his 25th goal of the season. Kessel fired a shot over Ramo's right shoulder.

"It's a touch team to play against and we played a hell of a game," Ramo said. "It's not always the team with the best players that wins. It's the team that refuses to lose. It was really good to end up a winner agianst a league-leading team."

Halpern tied it at 4:44 with a one-timer to left side of the net, and the Lighting took the lead 15 seconds later on Hall's goal.

Ference tied it at 2 with 3:18 left in the period.

"Our guys competed hard tonight I don't think anybody's going to dispute that we were the better team out there tonight," Julien said. "If the effort is like (tonight) night after night, then I think we'll get back on track."

Recchi scored his 13th goal of the season 10 minutes into in the second, and Chara tied it with 4:43 to go in the period.

"Obviously they're a good team," Kessel said. "They battled us hard tonight and ended up on top."


  • Columbus claimed Lightning F Chris Gratton off waivers Saturday. It was the second time Gratton had been on re-entry waivers since being sent to Norfolk. The Lightning are still responsible for half of Gratton's $1.25 million salary.
  • Bruins C Petteri Nokelainen missed his fifth straight game because of an eye injury.
  • The Lightning sent F Steve Downie and D Ty Wishart to Norfolk.
  • Tampa Bay D Marek Malik returned to the lineup after missing three games because of a lower-body injury, while D Lukas Krajicek missed the game because of a lower-body injury.
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Vaclav Prospal (20) celebrates after providing the Lightning with the winning goal late in the third.  (AP)
Vaclav Prospal (20) celebrates after providing the Lightning with the winning goal late in the third. (AP)
Boston (40-12-8)2103
Tampa Bay  (20-28-12) «2114
Three Stars
J. Halpern

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Z. Chara

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
K. Ramo

Saves: 40
Save Pct.: .930

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Scoring Summary
01:38Phil Kessel (25), Slap Shot. Assist: Savard, Lucic
04:44Jeff Halpern (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Pettinger, Eminger
04:59Adam Hall (4), Wrap Shot. Assist: Craig, Artyukhin
16:42Power Play - Andrew Ference (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Savard, Wideman
10:00Mark Recchi (13), Tip-In. Assist: Melichar, Koci
15:17Zdeno Chara (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Kobasew, Ward
18:27Power Play - Vaclav Prospal (15), Wrist Shot. Assist: Halpern, St. Louis
Penalty Summary
09:28Koci, 5 min, Fighting
09:28Thornton, 5 min, Fighting
13:59Ference, 2 min, Tripping
15:04Halpern, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
17:07Roberts, 5 min, Fighting
17:07Stuart, 5 min, Fighting
18:05Thornton, 2 min, Cross-Checking
18:05Thornton, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
03:52Malik, 2 min, Interference
11:36Artyukhin, 2 min, Tripping
02:39Yelle, 2 min, High-Sticking
02:44Malone, 2 min, Hooking
05:37Artyukhin, 2 min, Boarding
15:15Krejci, 2 min, Interference
17:10Ference, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
Shots On Goal
Tampa Bay95418
Manny Fernandez58:48144
Karri Ramo60:00403
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
Tampa Bay1-for-6
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Referees - Kelly Sutherland, Mike Hasenfratz
Linesmen - Jay Sharrers, Dan Schachte
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