Julien’s hunch pays off, as Hayes wins it for B’s in shootout

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien had a gut feeling about Jimmy Hayes and was right.

Hayes scored in the 10th round of a shootout, Tuukka Rask won his sixth straight game to start the season and the Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Thursday night.

“Jimmy Hayes is a pretty good shooter,” Julien said. “He’s one of those guys that has a quick release. I felt good about putting him out there. He didn’t disappoint.”

Hayes entered 0 for 4 in shootouts and has gone 26 games without a goal in regulation.

Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point and Boston’s Riley Nash both scored in the fourth round, but Rask and Andrei Vasilevskiy were strong during the shootout as Boston won 2-1.

Brandon Carlo, Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak scored in regulation for the Bruins, who finished a 3-1 road trip.

“Start a little streak on the winning side of things is a lot more fun for us,” Carlo said. “Plane rides are a lot better back.”

The Lightning got two goals from Tyler Johnson. Victor Hedman had the other Tampa Bay goal in the team’s first home game since a 3-3 trip.

“Clearly, it’s troublesome,” coach Jon Cooper said about Tampa Bay falling behind 2-0. “I thought when the guys got their legs, I thought they played well enough to win the game.”

Johnson redirected Braydon Coburn‘s shot past Rask to tie it 3-all 10:04 into the third period. The goal stood after a video review showed Johnson didn’t score with a high stick.

Rask stopped 27 shots. He has Boston’s longest winning streak to begin a season since Tim Thomas went 8-0 in 2010-11.

Carlo beat Vasilevskiy from along the goal line at 4:01 of the first before Spooner made it 2-0 on the Bruins’ third power-play goal of the season with 9:13 left in the period. Tampa Bay challenged that Boston was offside before Spooner’s goal, but a video review proved inconclusive.

Cooper thought the play was offside.

“We shouldn’t have been down 2-0,” he said.

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