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Short-handed Bruins beat Lightning 3-1 in opener
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Boston Bruins' Chris Kelly (23) sets up to score on a penalty shot against Tampa Bay Lightning's Anders Lindback (39), of Sweden, in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
October 3, 2013, 9:59 pm

BOSTON (AP) Chris Kelly scored on a penalty shot, and Patrice Bergeron also had a short-handed goal on Thursday night as the Boston Bruins opened the defense of their Eastern Conference championship with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

On the night before the Red Sox open their AL playoff series against the Rays, Boston got an early jump on Tampa Bay. Kelly was hooked from behind about eight minutes in while Boston was killing off a penalty, and he converted the one-on-one with goalie Anders Lindback.

Boston also killed a 5-on-3 power play in the first period and another in the third, getting help from a phantom interference call that left them just one man down. Bergeron wove his way through the middle of the ice and took a shot that hit Lindback and rolled into the net to make it 3-1.

Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for Boston.

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