When Brad Marchand tied the game with 3 minutes, 58 seconds remaining the Bruins suddenly had a terrific opportunity.

The Lightning had carried the play for much of the night. They outshot the Bruins and initiated most of the physicality. Tampa probably deserved to win at that point, but that didn’t matter. The Bruins didn’t have to be better for 60 minutes anymore, just get the next goal, either late in regulation or in overtime ad steal a victory and a 2-0 lead.

Do that and they could put the bad goal Jaroslav Halak gave up earlier in the period behind them. They’d have a two-game lead and a lot less pressure on their 35-year-old goalie in Wednesday’s Game 3.

But instead, a failed attempt to clear the puck, a problem for Boston all night, gave Tampa an opportunity and they took it early in overtime. Halak stopped eight shots

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