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The Tampa Bay Lightning handed the Bruins just their second road loss of the season Monday night, winning handily over Boston, 3-1 at St. Pete Times Forum. Honestly, this game wasn’t even as close as the score may indicate, as the ‘Ning took it to the B’s, especially in the second period. Tampa was far and away the better team on the ice this evening.
After a scoreless opening period, Tampa got their offense going in the second with a trio of goals. First up was a redirect tip-in goal from Dana Tyrell. Next, it was Steven Stamkos, who added to his league leading point total, scoring his 20th goal of the year on a nifty feed from linemate Martin St. Louis.
To round out Tampa’s scoring, Teddy Purcell jammed home the puck, giving the Lightning three quick strikes against Boston goalie Tuukka Rask (33 saves). It was the second straight game that the B’s found themselves in a three-goal hole early. This time though, they didn’t have nearly enough firepower to dig themselves out.
Michael Ryder lit the lamp midway through the final frame to give Boston some life and at least end Mike Smith’s shutout bid, but that was all the Bruins could muster on the night. Smith finished the night making 26 saves en route to the victory.
Boston will wrap up this brief two-game romp through the Sunshine State on Wednesday night, when they take on the Florida Panthers. The B’s beat Florida this past Thursday back home at TD Garden by a convincing 4-0 score.