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Sturm, Bruins Extinguish Lightning

Boston Bruins left wing Marco Sturm, center, celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with teammates Patrice Bergeron, left, and Zdeno Chara (33) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

On Wednesday night the Boston Bruins continued their hot streak and Tim Thomas was stellar between the pipes in a 4-1 home victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. With their sixth win in seven games, Marc Savard was the talk of the town with his new contract and scoring his 200th career goal, but last night Marco Sturm took center stage as he was able to score two goals of his own for the streaking Bruins. And who says Lightning doesn’t strike twice?

Thomas, in his second game back from an undisclosed injury, made a season-high 39 saves on the game. He looked fine in goal as he was acrobatic as ever making all but one save.

Savard started off the game in the first with his 200th career goal and fifth of the season on a power-play eight minutes into the game to take a 1-0 lead. Six minutes later Patrice Bergeron was able to net his eighth goal of the season with assists given to Zdeno Chara and Mark Recchi to bring the score to 2-0 Bruins.

Then Sturm took over the second period by himself. He scored two goals late in the period, his seventh and eighth of the season. The first one could’ve been given to Recchi, but after review the goal was given to Sturm. Less than three minutes later Sturm scored his second goal of the night on assists from Recchi and Bergeron. Going into the third period Boston led 4-0.

At the start of the third the Lightning tried to make a quick comeback as Jeff Halpern scored his fourth goal of the season just a minute and a half into the period. After that goal Thomas shutout Tampa Bay for his seventh win of the season, improving his record to 7-6-3 on the year.

For Tampa Bay, their goalie Mike Smith stopped 35 of 39 shots on goal as his record dipped to 4-5-5 on the year.

The Bruins were able to kill the penalty six times on the Lightning. The penalty kill has been one of the Bruins strong points this year and it really continued last night. For the B’s, they converted on one of three power play opportunities.

With Savard back and Thomas playing, the Bruins are scoring more and winning more. With the win, the B’s moved into first place in the Northeast division, just one point ahead of the Buffalo Sabres.

Up next for the Bruins are the Montreal Canadiens on the road. Although the Canadiens are fourth in the division with a record of 12-13-2, they are always a tough test for the Bruins who will play the Toronto Maple Leafs the next night before having four days off. The Bruins are hot right now and it’s looking like they can keep this up, lets just hope so.

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