This did not have the feel of a typical Causeway Street visit by the Tampa Bay Lightning, although the outcome was the usual.

Sole possession of the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference standings was on the line, which helped explain why this was more of an intense, grinding affair than the kind of high-speed, back-and-forth hockey these clubs generally produce.

For that reason, and because it was the first home game for the Bruins [team stats] after their long and immensely successful road trip — a classic setup that often produces an emotional no-show — the hosts' gritty 2-1 victory was mighty impressive. It also ran their winning streak to seven games and left them 25-4-6 all time at the Garden against the Lightning.