BOSTON — C Brian Boyle grew up in Hingham, Mass., about 25 miles from the TD Garden.
But, until Monday's 6-3 victory, Boyle had never scored a goal in the building, or against the Bruins, in 21 regular-season meetings. So Boyle's two-goal game was extra special, as he did it in front of 30 family and friends.
"I don't get a ton of goals anyways," Boyle said. "But it was something I was hoping would happen eventually."
They were two big goals, too, the Lightning's first score late in the first period, then a go-ahead breakaway in the second. With Tampa Bay down 2-0, Boyle crashed the net, finishing off a feed from D Victor Hedman.
"He was yelling at me — I know his accent," Hedman joked.
Then, with the score tied early in the second period, Boyle was finishing off a penalty kill shift when he intercepted a pass from RW David Pastrnak. Boyle headed off on a breakaway, shoving Pastrnak off him near the Boston blueline before beating G Tuukka Rask with a backhand five-hole.
"I knew he was coming, and I was kind of flat-footed too," Boyle said. "I tried to get body position if I could and it worked out."
GRUDGE MATCH: The Lightning knows it will have a tough test tonight in a NBCSN-televised showdown at Detroit, a rematch of last season's thrilling first-round playoff series that Tampa Bay won in seven games. Bishop noted how the Lightning thumped Montreal 7-1 in last season's first meeting after getting swept by the Canadiens in the previous season's playoffs.
"They're going to be hungry," G Ben Bishop said. "We saw firsthand last year when we played Montreal the first game, we really took it to them. They're going to be a little upset with what happened last year."
LINING UP: The Lightning used the same lineup for the third consecutive game, with C Cedric Paquette and D Nikita Nesterov out. Bishop started again, and might be in net tonight, saying that coach Jon Cooper "knows I'm ready if he needs me."
HIGH PRAISE: Former Bruin Bobby Orr, arguably the greatest defenseman of all time, had high praise for Hedman, saying he was very impressed with him in the playoffs.
WITH HONORS: LW Alex Killorn said it was "pretty cool" to practice Sunday afternoon at alma mater Harvard, the first time the former Crimson star was back in the arena since he left in 2012. Killorn noted that the trainers made him a special locker stall in the middle of the visiting dressing room.
NUTS AND BOLTS: Bishop earned his 83rd career regular season win with Lightning, tying Nikolai Khabibulin's franchise record. LW Jonathan Drouin and C Valtteri Filppula each tallied their first goal of the season. … C Tyler Johnson, Hedman and D Anton Stralman each had two assists. … RW Ryan Callahan played his 100th game for the Lightning. … The Bruins took three goaltender inteference penalties. "All of them were pretty obvious," Bishop said. … Killorn tallied his 100th career point. … The Lightning won fewer than 50 percent of its faceoffs (49 percent) for the third consecutive game.