Pastrnak scores twice early in Bruins win against Lightning

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TAMPA — David Pastrnak scored two goals early for the Boston Bruins in a 5-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

Brad Marchand also scored twice for the Bruins (18-11-2), who have won four of their past five games. Linus Ullmark made 27 saves.

Ondrej Palat and Brayden Point scored for the Lightning (23-9-5), who have lost four of their past six games (2-3-1). Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 saves.

Pastrnak gave Boston a 1-0 lead at 1:11 of the first period with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line that deflected off Andrej Sustr’s skate.

He then extended the lead to 2-0 at 6:10, kicking the rebound of Taylor Hall‘s initial shot to his stick and shooting into an open net.

Marchand scored 26 seconds into the second period to make it 3-0. He redirected a slap pass from Mike Reilly past Vasilevskiy’s glove near the right post.

Anton Blidh pushed the lead to 4-0 at 14:54, scoring short side from the left circle after Oskar Steen outmuscled Cal Foote for a loose puck.

Palat made it 4-1 at 24 seconds of the third period with a one-timer after Erik Cernak knocked him the puck with one hand on his stick.

Point cut it to 4-2 at 11:20, but Marchand shot into an empty net at 17:11 for the 5-2 final.

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh was a late scratch for Tampa Bay because of a lower-body injury.

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