NHL Game Summary - Boston at Tampa Bay
(Saturday, December 1st)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 4, Boston 1
Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Vincent Lecavalier's two goals and one assist, and 28 saves from Johan Holmqvist sent Tampa Bay past Boston, 4-1, at St. Pete Times Forum.
Martin St. Louis and Mathieu Darche also lit the lamp for the Lightning, who put an end to a six-game losing streak.
Glen Murray registered the only goal for the Bruins, who lost for the third time in their last nine contests.
Tim Thomas took the loss despite 24 stops.
Lecavalier netted his 17th of the season to put the Bolts on the board 5:45 into the contest, when he took the puck away from Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara and stashed home his own rebound.
He then added his second of the period at 15:53 on the power play -- a blast to the far side from the right faceoff dot.
"He's the best player in the game right now, that's for sure," said Bruins forward Marc Savard of Lecavalier, who is third in the league with 18 goals and ranks first in points with 41.
Thomas made a big save early in the second when Brad Richards skated in on a short-handed breakaway to keep the deficit at two, and the Bruins made it 2-1 on Murray's power-play score with 2:13 left in the period.
However, Darche deftly tipped a Filip Kuba shot out of the air with the shaft of his stick at 19:01, and the Lightning led 3-1 after 40 minutes.
"The third goal was a big goal," said Bolts head coach John Tortorella. "They come back and score to make it 2-1 late in the period. I'm not going to dissect it a whole bunch."
St. Louis' one-timer from the left side 6:13 into the third period boosted Tampa to a 4-1 advantage. For the remainder of the contest, the visitors tried in vain to solve Holmqvist, who came up with 10 saves in the final 20 minutes to seal the victory.
Tampa Bay beat Boston for just the second time in the last 10 matchups since 2005...Lecavalier was hit in side of cheek by a deflected puck 1:32 into second, but he returned to the game after a few minutes with a welt under his right eye...Savard picked up an assist on Murray's goal, extending his point streak to nine games.
12/01 23:04:45 ET