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Thursday, November 30th (All times eastern)

Tampa Bay Lightning (13-11-1) at Boston Bruins (11-9-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins try to keep their recent surge of momentum going tonight when they welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to TD Banknorth Garden.

Boston has won seven of its last nine games. On Tuesday, goaltender Tim Thomas posted his best performance of the season, stopping 45 shots as the Bruins toppled the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1, at Air Canada Centre. Boston finished a two-game sweep of the Leafs at ACC, as they also won a 3-1 match on Saturday.

Shean Donovan picked up his first goal of the year while Glen Murray, Marco Sturm and Brad Boyes also scored for Boston.

Thomas' night included 21 saves in the decisive third period. At the same time, his Bruins teammates came through with three goals to provide the final margin.

Thomas has allowed two goals or less in six of his last eight outings, and hasn't been touched for more than three in 10 straight.

The Bruins, who are 6-5-1 at home, will visit Carolina on Saturday.

Tampa Bay, meanwhile, hopes to bounce back after having a three-game winning streak ended in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to visiting Washington. Olaf Kolzig tied a season-high with 48 saves to anchor the Capitals.

Nick Tarnasky notched his first-career goal and Vincent Lecavalier also scored for the Lightning. Johan Holmqvist stopped just 10-of-13 shots before being yanked. He was relieved by Marc Denis, who stopped five-of-six the rest of the way.

Lecavalier netted his 11th goal of the season, which is four fewer than team leader Martin St. Louis (15).

The Lightning will visit Ottawa on Thursday.

Boston has won the first two meetings with Tampa Bay, and taken six of the last seven overall.

11/30 10:16:38 ET

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