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LIGHTNING VS. A BRICK WALL

Several great saves by Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask are key to a scoreless effort.

The Lightning got a peek at what an elite goaltender can mean to a team.

With the Bruins off their game and having trouble generating shots, Tuukka Rask kept them in it with several brilliant stops that were key to Boston's 2-0 victory Thursday night at TD Garden.

It was the seventh straight road loss for the Lightning (18-25-4), which finishes its season Saturday at home against the Panthers. The only cliffhanger is whether Marty St. Louis can hang on to the league points lead and earn his second Art Ross Trophy.

With 58 points, he is two ahead of teammate Steven Stamkos and Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby, and four ahead of Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Chicago's Patrick Kane.

Crosby, who hasn't played in almost a month because of a broken jaw, is not expected to play in Pittsburgh's final game Saturday.

Ovechkin, with 32 goals, is three ahead of Stamkos for the Rocket Richard Trophy.

Rask was the reason Stamkos did not keep pace in the goals race. The goalie's brilliant glove save robbed Tampa Bay's star center from the slot. He needed to be that sharp, as Boston was outshot 30-24.

Lightning goalie Anders Lindback wasn't bad at all. He allowed second-period goals to Dennis Seidenberg and Daniel Paille, though he got little help on Paille's goal. Ben Pouliot failed to clear the puck from the defensive zone.

The first period ended with the score 0-0 and Tampa Bay up 9-4 in shots.

Pouliot came closest to scoring when his one-timer from the slot off a pass from Matt Carle went off the post 6:52 into the period.

Lindback's best moment came with 5:36 left, when Carle gave away the puck in the defensive zone to Rich Peverley, who carried the puck to the net. He was almost too close, as Lindback stayed square to the play and gave Peverley nothing at which to shoot.

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead 4:22 into the second period on Seidenberg's big slap shot through traffic. But the play was really made by Brad Marchand, who took advantage of the room given him in the Lightning zone and found Seidenberg open for the blast.

It was 2-0 with 6:29 left when Paille scored after Pouliot failed to get the puck out of the defensive zone. The goal came 72 seconds after Rask's brilliant glove save on Stamkos' zippy wrist shot from the slot.

Rask was sharp throughout the period, stopping a Teddy Purcell backhand and deflection on the same power play. He made a terrific left-leg save on Pouliot's wrist shot with 9:57 left and then stopped Alex Killorn twice in seven seconds from in close to the roar of crowd.

Tampa Bay's Tom Pyatt hit a post with 4:05 left in the third.

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