BOSTON — When the Lightning thinks back on Thursday night's 2-0 loss to the Bruins, it will remember the stretching glove save that Boston goalie Tuukka Rask made on Steven Stamkos.
Then there was Rask's bang-bang saves on two Alex Killorn shots from in front of the net that had the crowd of 17,565 at TD Garden chanting his name.
He deserved it, too. Rask, with 30 saves, stole the game for his team.
"He made some big-time saves," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "Even on the ones that were going through traffic, if he didn't see it, he was in the right position."
"We had enough chances to win the game," Killorn said. "He just stood in there and made some highlight-reel saves."
It was the seventh straight road loss for the Lightning (18-25-4). But Tampa Bay played well enough that there was no sense beating itself up. It outshot Boston 30-24, played an energetic defensive-zone game that limited second-chance shots and got a good effort from goalie Anders Lindback.
There also is every reason to look forward to Saturday's season finale at home against the Panthers as Marty St. Louis tries to secure his second Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's points leader.
The wing's 58 points are two ahead of Stamkos and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, and four ahead of Chicago's Patrick Kane and Washington's Alex Ovechkin.
"I'm just trying to play the game and finish the year strong and try not to think about it," said St. Louis, who has 16 goals and a league-best 42 assists. "You try to control the things you can and see where the chips fall when they're done."
It should be an interesting dynamic, with Stamkos likely looking to feed his linemate and friend, and St. Louis trying to do the same for Stamkos, whose 29 goals are three behind Ovechkin in the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy.
Stamkos might have been a goal closer if not for Rask, who robbed Stamkos with 7:41 left in the second period with a lunging glove save of a zippy shot from the slot.
"I just threw myself out there, and it hit my glove," Rask said.
Just 72 seconds later, Daniel Paille scored to make it 2-0 with a perfectly placed shot just inside the right post, though the sequence began when Ben Pouliot could not get the puck out of the defensive zone.
Dennis Seidenberg had Boston's other goal, 4:22 into the period on a screened shot that ricocheted in off the post.
"Even if Rask is in our net, I don't think he has the two that went in, so I thought both goalies were great," Cooper said.
Rask was just a bit better.
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First Period—None. Penalties—Kelly, Bos (high-sticking), 5:21; Pouliot, TB, major (fighting), 14:00; Ference, Bos, major (fighting), 14:00; McQuaid, Bos (roughing), 19:16.
Second Period—1, Boston, Seidenberg 3 (Marchand, Seguin), 4:22. 2, Boston, Paille 10 (Campbell, Thornton), 13:31. Penalties—Bergeron, Bos (delay of game), 5:30; Aulie, TB, major (fighting), 17:22; Lucic, Bos, major (fighting), 17:22.
Third Period—None. Penalties—Hedman, TB (hooking), 16:43. Shots on Goal—Tampa Bay 9-9-12—30. Boston 4-8-12—24. Power-play opportunities—Tampa Bay 0 of 3; Boston 0 of 1. Goalies—Tampa Bay, Lindback 10-9-1 (24 shots-22 saves). Boston, Rask 19-9-4 (30-30).