BOSTON -- 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.
SEIDENBERG: Also Thursday, the Bruins signed defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a four-year contract extension.
The deal would keep Seidenberg in Boston through the 2017-18 season. The team says it has an annual cap figure of $4 million.
Seidenberg is entering his 12th NHL season, his fifth with the Bruins. Last season, he was sixth in the NHL in blocked shots and was third among defensemen with a plus-18.