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Lightning loses again, but this time it played well against Bruins

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This time, the Tampa Bay Lightning looked decent in defeat.

One night after laying an egg in a 4-2 loss to Philadelphia, the Bolts fought to a 1-0 loss to Boston in overtime. The single point that Tampa Bay earned was enough to allow the team to hang onto a share of first place with Boston.

The loss came only 10 seconds into overtime as Brad Marchand scored.

“That was a pretty good hockey game,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “It was going to take a good goal to win that game, and it did.”

Tampa Bay had 42 shots on goal in the game, but all of them were stopped by Boston’s Jonas Gustavsson. For the Lightning, Ben Bishop stopped all 32 shots in regulation, but not the one in overtime.

With both Braydon Coburn and Anton Stralman out for the Bolts, Victor Hedman had 26:52 of ice time.

“It felt like playoff hockey,” Hedman said. “We did a lot of good thigns today. If we can come away with a few more goals, we’ll be all right. If we keep playing the same way, I’ll take our chances.”

Tampa Bay is home Friday against Philadelphia.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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