Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) drops to the ice after giving up a goal to Bruins left wing Taylor Hall during the third period Tuesday night in Boston.
Tampa Bay is competitive, but can’t topple the team with the league’s best record.
Tampa Bay erases a two-goal lead late in the third period before winning in the extra period in Buffalo.
Playing the first of back-to-back games, the Lightning are leaning on Elliott’s career success against Buffalo.
Centering the second line and playing on both special-teams units, the 27-year-old is off to the best start of his eight-season NHL career.


  1. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) drops to the ice after giving up a goal to Bruins left wing Taylor Hall during the third period Tuesday night in Boston.
  2. Lightning forwards Steven Stamkos and Nick Paul (20) celebrate aStamkos' winning goal in overtime Monday against the Sabres in Buffalo, New York.
  3. Lightning goaltender Brian Elliott blocks a shot from Sabres right wing JJ Peterka during the third period of a Nov. 5 game in Tampa.
  4. From his knees, forward Nick Paul (20) makes a play during the first period of the Lightning's 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues Friday at Amalie Arena.
  5. Lightning and Blues players fight in the first period Friday night at Amalie Arena.
  6. Lightning center Alex Barre-Boulet, left, is back with the NHL team after a successful stint in Syracuse.
  7. Lightning coach Jon Cooper gets kudos from TNT studio analyst Rick Tocchet, who used to be behind the Tampa Bay bench, for keeping his messaging fresh after winning two Stanley Cups.
  8. Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian, also know as the team's grill master, will be hosting Thanksgiving festivities again this year.
  9. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy gets beat as Bruins left wing Nick Foligno scores to go up 2-1 during second-period action at Amalie Arena on Monday.
  10. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy looks on as the Bruins go up 4-1 and clear the bench to celebrate the goal scored by Brad Marchand (63) during second-period action at Amalie Arena on Monday night in Tampa.
  11. The Nashville Predators' Ryan McDonagh plays against the Lightning in the first period of Saturday's game in Nashville, Tennessee.
  12. Lightning players celebrate after beating the Nashville Predators 3-2 in overtime Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.
  13. Defenseman Zach Bogosian is expected to make his season debut tonight against the Predators, his first game since undergoing offseason shoulder surgery.
  14. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy gives a thumbs up after being named the No. 1 star of the game following his 39-save performance Thursday against the Calgary Flames at Amalie Arena.
  15. Edmonton Oilers left wing Evander Kane rushes to the bench after being cut during a game against the Lightning earlier this month at Amalie Arena.
  16. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes one of his 39 saves during the second period of the Lightning's 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames Thursday at Amalie Arena.
  17. Lightning defenseman Ian Cole acknowledges the crowd after being named the No. 2 star of the game following Tuesday's win over the Dallas Stars at Amalie Arena.
  18. Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) beats Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger (29) for the winning goal in overtime of Tuesday night's 5-4 victory at Amalie Arena.
  19. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy's goals-against average of 3.10 this season is, by far, the highest of his career, although the blame is equally shared with a defense that has been less-than-stellar through 15 games.
  20. Nikita Kucherov, wearing an "A" on his sweater as an alternate captain, celebrates his first-period goal in Tampa Bay's 6-3 win against the Washington Capitals on Sunday night at Amalie Arena.
  21. Lightning defenseman Nick Perbix (48) celebrates his first-period goal during Sunday's victory over the Capitals at Amalie Arena.
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