Tampa Bay Sports Day

NHL: Hayes Ends Goal Drought in Bruins’ 4-1 Win Over Lightning

BOSTON — Jimmy Hayes notched his first goal and first point in 36 games to help the Boston Bruins end a three-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

“I think I lost like a 100 pounds there. It felt pretty good. Yeah, it’s been a while,” he said. “I think it was like February or something like that. You guys update me a lot. It’s been a struggle. To finally put one in is a good feeling.”

Hayes, who hadn’t scored since Feb. 24 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, redirected a David Krejci pass past Ben Bishop to cap a three-goal second period for the Bruins, who had scored four goals during the losing streak.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper thought his team played hard but said, “Every mistake ended up in the back of our net.”
Jonathan Drouin, originally credited with the Tampa goal, said, “We started waking up and skating more in the third period. We’ve just got to do a better job from the get-go.

Tuukka Rask stopped 30 Tampa Bay shots until Victor Hedman’s pass deflected off the skate of defenseman Colin Miller with 2:39 left to end what would have been Rask’s fourth shutout of the season.

Dominic Moore and Backes scored the first two Bruins goals. David Pastrnak scored for the third straight game and for the ninth time in his last 11 when his centering pass went in off Tampa Bay’s Tyler Johnson — Krug’s second assist of the game on the play — midway through the third period.

Bishop, a 5-3 loser at home to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night, stopped 26 shots. His team, playing without injured Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman, has lost three of its last four, and Bishop is 0-3 during that span.

Tampa Bay’s Ondrej Palat left the game with an undisclosed injury.

BOLTS NOTES: The Lightning, who are missing C Steven Stamkos (knee), also had D Anton Stralman (upper body) miss his eighth straight game and RW J.T. Brown (upper) his third in a row. … the Lightning have a rematch with the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night in Columbus. The Bruins visit the Philadelphia Flyers the same night