David Backes

Rask, Bruins hand Lightning first SO of season in 3-0 win

Tuukka Rask and the stubborn Boston Bruins stymied the Tampa Bay Lightning — and got even closer in the standings.

Rask stopped 23 shots to hand Tampa Bay its first shutout of the season and lifted the Bruins over the Lightning 3-0 on Saturday night.

It was Rask's third shutout of the season and 41st of his career. It was also the first time the Lightning failed to score a goal since a 4-0 loss at Boston on April 4, 2017 — also against Rask.

"It's playoff hockey," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said, "and I thought we were better at it than they were tonight."

David Pastrnak, David Backes and Riley Nash all scored for Boston, which moved...