Bruins’ Season Ends With Game 5 Loss To Tampa Bay
The Bruins dropped their fourth straight game to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, 3-1, and were eliminated from the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
David Krejci scored in the final minute of the first period to give Boston a 1-0 lead.
Brayden Point tied the game at 1-1 with an unassisted goal at 10:43 of the second.
J.T. Miller broke the tie less than four minutes later with power-play goal.
Anton Stralman iced it with an empty-netter with 1:29 remaining.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots, including 14 saves in the final period.
Tampa Bay rebounded from a loss in the opening game of the series and won four straight to advance to the Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years.
David Backes left the ice and did not return after taking a hard hit from Miller in the second period. The Bruins played without Torey Krug, who injured his left ankle in Game 4.
The Bruins had not lost four straight games since Nov. 8-15.
Boston finished the season in second place in the Atlantic Division at 50-20-12. The Bruins had success against the Lightning during the regular season, going 3-1 against their division rival.