Bruins On Top In The East [VIDEO]
Move over Lightning. The Boston Bruins are the new king of the hill in the NHL Eastern Conference. At least for a night or two.
The Bruins beat Tampa Bay 4-2 at Boston Garden last night to overtake them for the lead in the Atlantic Division. The B's have 107 points in the standings and the Lightning have 106.
Tim Schaller and David Pastrnak scored goals in the final minute of the first period to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Pastrnak finished the game with a 'Gordie Howe hat trick - a goal, an assist and a fight.
After Tampa Bay scored in the second period to make it a one goal game, Patrice Bergeron scored in the third to make it 3-1. Bergeron finished the game with a goal in two assists.
Another Lightning goal made it close but a Brad Marchand empty-netter put the game away.
Tuukka Rask made 26 saves in net for the B's.
With six games left on the schedule, the Bruins are 48-17-11. That's tops in the east and second best in the entire NHL.