BOSTON — It’s the story of the season. The Bruins get scoring chances; the Bruins fail to cash in.

Boston outshot Tampa Bay, 50-18, tonight but lost 5-3 to the lowly Lightning at TD Garden. Antero Niittymaki’s 47 saves were a season high.

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“I thought we did put some decent pressure,” said captain Zdeno Chara, who scored one of Boston’s three goals. “We had some quality shots and pretty good rebounds. But we couldn’t find a way to finish and put the pucks in the net off those rebounds. It’s nice to get 50 shots, but at the same time, if you score three goals …”

“He did have a great game,” Chara added about Niittymaki. “Not to try to take anything away from him. They played hard, they’re really aggressive, they get some chances. For sure he had an outstanding game for them. At the same time, we had parts of the game where we were really good and parts of the game where we were just making mistakes.”

More notes from the loss

•You could tell from head coach Claude Julien’s reaction that the Bruins thought Steven Stamkos was offsides before he scored the game’s opening goal 49 seconds in. After the contest, the players were unanimous in that opinion.

•The Lightning played the third period without defenseman Kurtis Foster, who was injured in a collision with Shawn Thornton in the corner in the second period, and Steve Downie, who took just one shift in that stanza. Defenseman David Hale had been injured in the first period.

•Chara finished with seven shots on net. Patrice Bergeron (5 shots), Milan Lucic (5), Marco Sturm (4) and Blake Wheeler (4) all had their chances to make Niittymaki pay, but failed.