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Bruins sign Zdeno Chara to 1-year contract extension

Bruins sign Zdeno Chara to 1-year contract extension

With 107 points, the Bruins are now one point ahead of the Lightning with a game in hand.

Tim Schaller and David Pastrnak scored 32 seconds apart in the final minute of the first period and Brad Marchand added an empty-net goal with 56 seconds left.

Boston has six games remaining in the regular season to five for Tampa Bay. The Bruins are now sport a ridiculous 33-0-4 mark in 2017-18 when they take a 2-goal lead, and are 254-15-15 under such circumstances dating back to the start of the 2011-12 campaign.

Later in the second period, Rask threw several punches at Cory Conacher after the Tampa Bay left winger got tangled up with Boston defenseman Brandon Carlo and was slow to get out of the crease. He lead the Bruins in time-on-ice, averaging 23 minutes per game. Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 26 saves for the Lightning, who have lost three straight and are 0-3 against the Bruins this season.

Victor Hedman quickly made it 3-2 when he fired a puck through Rask on a goal that the netminder would most certainly like to have back.

Marchand added an empty-net goal with assists going to Bergeron and Pastrnak.

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The Bruins blanked the Lightning 3-0 in the first game between the Atlantic Division powerhouses this season March 17 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Schaller put Boston up 1-0 after stealing the puck from Ryan McDonagh just inside the blue line and started a two-on-one break with Tommy Wingels, who got off a shot as Schaller crashed the net and poked in the rebound.

You've come a long way, baby: For the first time since last October 9 - a span of 171 days - the Lightning are no longer atop the Atlantic Division standings.

41-year-old Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara will play next year and it will be with the Bruins after signing a one year, $5 million dollar deal. He ranks seventh in franchise history in games played (888) and third in points by a defenseman (452), trailing only Ray Bourque and Bobby Orr.

In the meantime, the Bruins next play the Florida Panthers on Saturday in Boston.