Playoff Performer of the Night | Ondrej Palat

For the second straight game, Ondrej Palat cashed in the game-winning goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning – this time to help his team to a 4-1 victory and an Eastern Conference Second Round lead over the Boston Bruins.

For the second straight game, Ondrej Palat cashed in the game-winning goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning – this time to help his team to a 4-1 victory and an Eastern Conference Second Round 2-1 series lead over the Boston Bruins Wednesday.

Palat gave the Lightning an early 2-0 cushion by scoring a pair of goals in the opening 3:19 of the game, en route to earning the game's first star. Only six of 16 NHL players in league history have scored two goals faster in the first five minutes of a Stanley Cup Playoffs game.


According to head coach Jon Cooper, it was just another day in the life of No. 18's nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic.

Palat picked up his fourth goal this postseason and the 18th of his Stanley Cup Playoffs career, which moved him into a tie with Brad Richards for sixth-most goals in Lightning franchise postseason history.

The Lightning can extend their series lead when puck drops on Game 4 Friday at 7 p.m. ET at TD Garden before the series shifts back to Tampa Bay Sunday.


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