The Boston Bruins scored three times in less than three minutes in the third period and snapped the Tampa Bay Lightning's franchise-best 10-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory Thursday night at TD Garden in Boston. The game was the first in NHL history in which teams faced off while each owning simultaneous point streaks of 14 or more contests.
Boston's win tied the season series between the East's top two teams at 1-1 with two more contests to come over the final five weeks of the regular season. Jake DeBrusk, Noel Acciari, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand all had goals for the Bruins (38-17-9), who have won nine of their last 10 games and earned at least one point in 15 straight.
Tony Cirelli's lone goal with 7:08 remaining prevented the Lightning from being shut out for the first time since February 7th against St. Louis. Tuukka Rask had 20 saves for the Bruins while Louis Domingue stopped 37 shots for the Lightning in his 24th start of the season and first since Feb. 19. The Bruins improve to 7-0-1 without leading goal scorer David Pastrnak in the lineup and are 11-0-2 in their last 13 games. They have not lost in regulation since a 3-2 home loss to the New York Rangers on Jan. 19. For the game, the Bruins outshot the Lightning 41-21
Boston took a 1-0 lead into the third period, then the floodgates opened in a hurry as Acciari got a takeaway in the zone and slipped his shot by Domingue. Less than a minute later, Bergeron made it 3-0. Then, Marchand got Boston's final goal of the night by converting on a breakaway opportunity. Acciari was in the starting lineup for Boston a day after having to undergo major dental work after he took a puck to the face against San Jose on Tuesday.
The Tampa Bay Lightning will return home on Saturday night to host Ottawa.