TAMPA -- Reilly Smith scored the only goal of the shootout in the seventh round, giving the Boston Bruins a 4-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.
Smith deked Ben Bishop and slid a shot through the five-hole to win the game after Tampa Bay's Richard Panik drilled the crossbar to start the seventh round. The victory completed Boston's sweep of the four-game season series and marked the first time this season the Bruins were able to win after trailing by two goals. They had been 0-15-2 before Saturday.
Boston (41-17-5), the leader in the Atlantic Division, moved within one point of the Pittsburgh Penguins for first place in the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay (34-24-6) owns the first of two wild-card berths in the Eastern Conference despite losing its fourth game in a row.
The Lightning led 2-0 early in the second period and 3-2 in the third before Johnny Boychuk forced overtime by beating Bishop with a slap shot from the point at 8:11. It was the defenseman's third goal of the season and first in 21 games.
Tampa Bay went without a shot on net for the first 9:56 of the final period and finished the with four. Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask made 17 saves through 65 minutes but was perfect in the tiebreaker. Bishop finished with 29 saves.
After a scoreless first period, Tampa Bay opened the scoring 27 seconds into the second, triggering a burst of five goals in just over nine minutes.
The Lightning scored their eighth shorthanded goal of the season when Tyler Johnson chased a loose puck into the Boston zone. Rask came out to play the puck but Ondrej Palat trailed the play and found the net with his second attempt for his 15th goal of the season.
The Lightning made it 2-0 at 4:13 when defenseman Mark Barberio sent a shot from just inside the blueline that trickled between Rask's pads. Tom Pyatt and Ryan Callahan earned assists; for Callahan, it was his first point since being acquired by the Lightning from the New York Rangers at the NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday.
Daniel Paille cut Tampa Bay's lead in half at 6:58 with his ninth goal of the season, converting his own rebound after Bishop stopped his first shot. Carl Soderberg tied the game at 8:29 when he took a long pass from Chris Kelly, skated in alone and beat Bishop with a backhander for his 11th goal of the season.
But the Lightning went back in front 62 seconds later when Palat centered a pass to Valtteri Filppula in the slot. Filppula hit the half-empty net for his 21st of the season.