Hedman's winner has Lightning en path to Edmonton:

Victor Hedman and the Tampa Bay Lightning are headed to the Eastern Conference Finals after a 3-2 double OT thriller against the Boston Bruins. 1:28

Anthony Cirelli and Ondrej Palat scored in guideline for the Lightning, while Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 45 shots inside an empty Scotiabank Arena. Kevin Shattenkirk and Brayden Point each completed with 2 assists.

On the winner, Hedman fabricated and then changed the angle with a toe drag prior to firing a shot that dripped through Jaroslav Halak for the defenceman's fifth objective of the post-season.

"A terrific feeling. We fought really tough," Hedman said. "Losing Kuch early on in the game, is certainly a huge blow for our team, but got ta offer a great deal of credit to our forwards. Super happy with the effort they put forth, and [Vasilevskiy] was substantial."

The Lightning were stunned by the Columbus Blue Jackets in a four-game sweep after winning last season's Presidents' Trophy prior to recommitting themselves to playing better without the puck this season. Tampa beat Columbus in 5 video games in the opening round of the playoffs to exorcise those devils before sending out the team that had the very best record when this season was paused because of COVID-19 packaging.

"It's a terrific feeling," Vasilevskiy said. "Especially after last year [when] we type of screwed it up.

"Great series ... we were simply a little bit much better."

David Krejci, with an objective and an assist, and David Pastrnak replied for the Bruins, who got 32 saves from Halak.

"Very frustrating surface," Boston winger Brad Marchand stated. "We had a great year ... we have a hell of a group and expected better."

The Lightning will handle the winner of the East's other semifinal in between the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers. The Islanders lead that best-of-seven series 3-1 and can clinch Tuesday night.

Minus No. 1 goalie Tuukka Rask after the Vezina Trophy finalist left the bubble during Boston's five-game triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes in the opening round due to the fact that of a household emergency situation, the Bruins never ever really started in the reboot, however put together their finest effort of the summer season in what ended up being their last trip.

"This team is durable," head coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We believed we were the much better team tonight.

"We wished to play on."

Boston, which lost to the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of in 2015's Stanley Cup final, dropped all 3 games in the round-robin seeding competition to fall from the No. 1 slot down to No. 4.

Tampa Bay's Anthony Cirelli celebrates his third-period objective with colleague Ondrej Palat. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

And like their five-game defeat to the Lightning in the second round in 2018, the Bruins won Game 1 before losing 4 straight.

Halak made a huge pad stop on Palat, who scored the winner in Tampa's 4-3 OT triumph in Game 2, one minute into the 2nd overtime on a damaged play.

Boston came out flying to open the first overtime, forcing a couple of big stops from Vasilevskiy. Krejci was assessed a tripping penalty to send out the Lightning on the man advantage, however Halak made a couple of great stops to keep his group alive.

The Lightning, who beat heaven Jackets twice in overtime in the preliminary, including one that went 5 additional periods, chose 11 forwards and seven defencemen for the 4th straight video game as blue-liner Ryan McDonagh returned after getting injured in the opener. However they were down to 10 skaters up front when Kucherov left in the second after taking a high stick from Zdeno Chara in the very first.

After the groups traded objectives in the second period, Cirelli offered Tampa the lead with 7:57 left in the 3rd when he tipped Hedman's point shot previous Halak for his 3rd.

The Bruins pressed dealing with elimination, and got a bounce with 2:33 remaining when Chara's shot struck Palat's stick and went right to Krejci, who buried his 4th into an open internet with Vasilevskiy out of position for his group's very first objective at even strength because the third period of Game 2.

Boston actually had a chance to win it in policy when Hedman went off for tripping with 1:56 left, but Tampa held on and forced the additional duration.

WATCH "Losing Kuch early on in the game, is certainly a big blow for our group, however got ta give a lot of credit to our forwards. The Lightning, who beat the Blue Jackets twice in overtime in the very first round, consisting of one that went 5 additional durations, went with 11 forwards and 7 defencemen for the fourth straight game as blue-liner Ryan McDonagh returned after getting hurt in the opener. Tampa got a 1-0 lead at 4:21 of the second when Palat bagged his fifth objective in the last 4 video games after not scoring in the Lightning's 9 previous post-season contests. Boston, which avoided removal in last season's very first round at Scotiabank Arena in Game 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs before winning that series and going on a long playoff run, got even when its power play clicked for a fifth straight trip. "If you want to advance, you have to win these games.