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Game recap Lightning rally past Bruins for 59th win

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TAMPA — Anthony Cirelli broke a tie with 53 seconds remaining in the third period, and the Tampa Bay Lightning became the fourth team in NHL history to win at least 59 games with a 5-4 victory against the Boston Bruins at Amalie Arena on Monday.

Steven Stamkos had two goals and two assists for Tampa Bay (59-14-4), which joined the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens (59 wins), 1976-77 Canadiens (60) and 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings (62). Tampa Bay has clinched the Presidents’ Trophy for best regular-season record in the NHL.

Cirelli scored on a one-timer from the slot off a pass from Mathieu Joseph for the game-winner.

[WATCH: All Bruins vs. Lightning highlights]

“It was a good entry,” Cirelli said. “I think we quick upped there and all the guys had a pass in there from [Alex Killorn] to [Ryan McDonagh]. [McDonagh] hits [Joseph] and he puts in right in my wheelhouse there, and I was able to get a quick shot off and it goes in.”

Brad Marchand scored twice for Boston (46-21-9), which had its lead for second place in the Atlantic Division trimmed to five points. The third-place Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Florida Panthers 7-5.

Video: BOS@TBL: Marchand buries Pastrnak’s feed for PPG

The Bruins had won four in a row.

“We expected a tight game and a transition game and being on our toes and keeping the plays simple,” Boston center Patrice Bergeron said. “We’re happy with some of the things we’ve done, but they’re a good team and they made us pay and we’re going to look at the video and tighten up a few things because it could’ve been a lot better.”

The Lightning rallied when Victor Hedman made it 4-3 at 5:36 of the third period and Nikita Kucherov tied it 4-4 at 13:15. Kucherov has 121 points (38 goals, 83 assists) and passed Sergei Fedorov (1993-94, Detroit Red Wings) for second-most points in a season by a Russia-born hockey player in NHL history behind Alexander Mogilny’s 127 for the Buffalo Sabres in 1992-93.

“We had some tough calls and some bad bounces,” Kucherov said. “So we just tried to stay to our structure and see what happens. [Fortunately] for us, we won.”

Stamkos’ 40th goal of the season gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 6:42 of the first period. It’s the fifth time in his NHL career Stamkos has scored 40 goals and first since the 2014-2015 season.

“There was definitely a little emotion on that one when that one went in,” Stamkos said. “It was nice. I’ve been fortunate to play with some good players this year, and hopefully some more are coming.”

Video: BOS@TBL: Stamkos reaches 40-goal mark for fifth time

Marchand tied it 1-1 with a power-play goal at 8:30 of the first period off a pass from David Pastrnak.

Stamkos scored again on a one-timer at 14:58 of the first period to give the Lightning a 2-1 lead.

Charlie Coyle scored his 12th goal of the season to tie it 2-2 at 8:42 of the second period.

Brandon Carlo gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead at 13:41 of the second period, and Marchand scored his second goal at 14:32 to make it 4-2.

“The third goal against was a tough one, and I think after I scored I might have got a little ahead of myself and started joining the rush a little bit too much there,” Carlo said.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 13 saves for the Lightning; Tuukka Rask made 23 for the Bruins.

Video: Dunkin’ NHL Comebacks: Lightning storm by Bruins

They said it

“They came back and showed a lot of will for a team that has clinched first place. Clearly, they had an agenda. They wanted to beat the Bruins.” — Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy

“We were feeling better about our game than the score indicated, we knew [Vasilevskiy] was going to shut the door and then if we were just able to get that next one, we could put some pressure on them. We just moved our feet, we created some penalties, got some power plays which we didn’t score, which was disappointing, but it created some momentum and just wore then down a little bit. It was an exciting game.” — Lightning captain Steven Stamkos

Need to know

The Bruins are 287-19-16 with a two-goal lead since 2010-11. … Bergeron had two assists and has an NHL career-high 75 points (31 goals, 44 assists) this season. … Cassidy did not have an update on defenseman John Moore, who did not play after the first period because of an upper-body injury. … Lightning forward Ondrej Palat left the game in the first period with an upper-body injury. Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper did not have an update. … Stamkos had his fourth four-point game of the season.

What’s next

Bruins: Host the New York Rangers on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN)

Lightning: Host the Washington Capitals on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SUN, NBCSWA, NHL.TV)

Video: Lightning rally with three goals to down Bruins, 5-4

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Pospisil, Shapovalov engineer Canada historic win over U.S. at Davis Cup

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Canada is heading to the quarter-finals at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals after sweeping a pair of singles matches against the United States on Tuesday.

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., clinched the victory in the best-of-three tie, beating Taylor Fritz 7-6 (6), 6-3.

Shapovalov, ranked a career-high 15th in the world, finished off No. 32 Fritz with an ace.

Earlier, Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil recorded his second major upset in as many days when the world No. 150 beat No. 36 Reilly Opelka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7).

Later, Americans Sam Querrey and Jack Sock took the doubles match against Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime in a walkover.

Canada (2-0) has now clinched Group F after winning all four of its singles matches against the Americans and Italy.

Seven of the nine sets in singles matches went to tiebreaks, with Canada winning six of them.

It was Canada’s first win against the U.S., in 16 Davis Cup ties. Canada had a match record of 3-70 against the Americans entering Tuesday.

Vasek Pospisil celebrates his upset victory over Reilly Opelka of the U.S. on Tuesday at the Davis Cup Finals in Spain. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The 29-year-old Pospisil, from Vancouver, beat world No. 12 Fabio Fognini on Monday en route to Canada’s 2-1 win over Italy. Pospisil was a late replacement for Felix Auger-Aliassime (recovering from an ankle injury) against Italy.

The six-foot-11 Opelka, known for his big serve, fought off one match point against Pospisil in the second set to tie it at 6-6. But Pospisil rebounded to end it in two sets.

Pospisil, who reached a career-high No. 25 in the rankings in 2014, tumbled down the list after missing the first half of 2019 following back surgery.

But he has shown signs of progress in recent months, upsetting then-No. 9 Karen Khachanov at the U.S. Open before advancing to the round of 16 at the Shanghai Masters.

Playing a level down in Challengers earlier this fall, Pospisil captured two tournament titles in the U.S.

WATCH | Canada upsets Italy at Davis Cup: 

Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil notched a pair of upsets to lead Canada to a win over Italy on the opening day of the inaugural Davis Cup Finals. 1:52

Pospisil is now 19-18 in Davis Cup play.

Shapovalov, 20, also has been on a roll. He captured his first career ATP Tour title at the Stockholm Open last month before reaching the final of the Paris Masters.

The winners of each of the six groups and the next two best teams advance to the quarterfinals. Canada will face either Belgium or Australia in the next round.

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Don Cherry comes back with a new show

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They may have knocked Don Cherry to the ice with a hit he didn’t see coming.

Now watch him get back up.

You people out there who want the 85-year-old Cherry back, here’s the news you have been hoping for.  You people who wanted him to fade away are out of luck as the former NHL coach of the year is going to be able to exercise his free speech, after all.

Don Cherry’s Grapevine is back once again. This time as a podcast.

Coach’s Corner may be “no more” as his one-time Hockey Night in Canada sidekick Ron MacLean announced on Saturday. Cherry was fired by Rogers and Sportsnet for his “you people” who “come here” comment that was misunderstood and later spun as discriminatory.

Cherry wanted his opportunity to properly explain it. Now he is going to get that chance.

You read it right: Don Cherry and his no-holds-barred views are coming back on the air.

The Toronto Sun has learned you won’t have to wait long for the first installment of the new Grapevine. It will drop Tuesday morning and be available on Spotify and other streaming services every Monday during the hockey season.

And yes, the very first one will address Cherry’s firing from Sportsnet.

“But that’s not all we talked about,” Cherry told me Monday. “We are talking hockey, of course. It’s going to be terrific. In this one I am talking about The Rocket (Maurice Richard), one of the all-time greats.”

One thing for sure about the new show is MacLean will not be in his foxhole.

So who will be?

You may have noticed the word “we” in Don’s comments and since so many scrutinize every word he says and what he means by it, I asked.

Turns out Grapes has a new co-host. And perhaps hosts.

“My son, Tim, is going to do it with me and my grandson Del,” said Grapes. 

At least he knows they won’t turn on him when the waters get rough as MacLean did.

“They did great,” Don said of Tim and Del. ”I think people are really going to enjoy this one and the ones we do down the road.”

Tim Cherry tells me the plan is to tape and post it every Monday.

“That way we cover off what happened on the weekend in hockey,” said Tim. “It’s going to be fun.”

For Don’s fans, who are already missing him and unlikely to tune into whatever Sportsnet comes up with to replace the 38-year-old segment, this will give them the opportunity to hear what he has to say. For Don himself, it will connect him with the hockey fans and players he loves while getting back on horse quickly.

It will be in audio broadcast to start with but Tim says it could grow into a TV-style show with cameras and sponsors.

If The Grapevine title sounds familiar it’s because Don’s television show, which Tim produced, was on the air from 1982-93 — filmed in Hamilton.

The new project will feature Don talking about the NHL and hockey and whatever he wants without any censorship.

If he wants to talk about poppies, he can do it without being fired. If he wants to talk about the troops or cops or firefighters or honour the fallen, no one can tell him to keep his nose out of it.

Mostly the plan is to talk hockey. And he won’t have just seven minutes to get it all out.

“The first podcast is about half an hour,” said Tim.

But if they ever find themselves in a position to need more time, or less, the beauty of podcasts is there are no constricting rules.

It also keeps Grapes in game shape while he considers other potential TV offers and opportunities.

Mostly it’s just the perfect outlet for Don Cherry to do what he does best: Be Don Cherry.

Yes Coach’s Corner is over: The new Grapevine has just been planted. Just call this the coach’s comeback! 

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Injuries sideline Habs Drouin, Byron indefinitely

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Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron will be out of the lineup indefinitely as the result of injuries they suffered in Friday night’s win over the Capitals in Washington.

Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron will be out of the lineup indefinitely as the result of injuries they suffered in Friday night’s win over the Capitals in Washington.

Drouin underwent wrist surgery on Monday, and Byron is scheduled to undergo knee surgery on Tuesday.

“We’ll a better idea of a timeline after the surgery,” coach Claude Julien said after the Canadiens practised in preparation for Tuesday’s road game against the Columbus Blue Jackets (7 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio).

The Canadiens recalled Charles Hudon from Laval. He played Saturday against New Jersey and was sent back to the minors after the game.

Julien said Carey Price will start in goal, and he will wait to decide on a goaltender for Wednesday’s home game against the Ottawa Senators.

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