Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Nathan Horton scored a pair of goals and the
Boston Bruins took down the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2, on Thursday.
Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist for the
Bruins, who have won two in a row since a two-game skid. Tuukka Rask made 24
saves in the win.
Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist for the Lightning, who had a two-game
winning streak snapped. Cory Conacher also lit the lamp.
Anders Lindback stopped 22-of-26 shots in defeat.
"Our players definitely competed today, although this was probably the most
intense game all year by far," Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher said. "That
(Boston) was a great team out there, and the way they played, that's why
they've only lost two games."
The Bruins scored two goals on their first four shots of the game. First,
Horton put home a rebound from the left circle at the 1:11 mark.
Bergeron extended Boston's margin just over two minutes later. Marchand's
nice feed from behind the net led to Bergeron's third goal of the season.
"We had a good start," Horton said. "I think that's what carried us throughout
Tampa Bay cut the gap to one on Stamkos' 11th goal of the season. Stamkos'
shot from the slot got past Rask at the 8:13 mark.
Conacher tied the game nine minutes into the middle stanza. Conacher took a
nice feed from Teddy Purcell and beat Rask with a shot from the left circle.
However, the Bruins went back in front at the 13:58 mark. Tyler Seguin's shot
was blocked but Marchand immediately jumped on the puck at the hash marks and
rocketed a shot past Lindback.
Horton gave Boston a two-goal cushion at the 2:33 mark of the third period.
Zdeno Chara's shot from the left point was deflected in by Horton, making it
Rask made nine saves in the final frame to preserve the victory.
Thursday's game was the first meeting of the season between the Bruins and
Lightning as a Feb. 9 contest in Boston was postponed due to a blizzard. That
game will be made up on April 25. Boston has won six of the last eight
meetings ... Bruins forward Milan Lucic returned to the lineup after missing
Sunday's 3-2 victory in Winnipeg due to personal reasons.