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Bruins Shock Lightning to Extend Division Lead

Mark Recchi, Michael Ryder celebrate (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The Boston Bruins scored first and never fell behind the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday’s 4-3 win in Florida – but it was close. Mark Recchi scored the game-winning, power-play goal with just 20 seconds remaining in the third period.

The Bruins were coming off of a 3-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Monday, which secured the Bruins as Northeast Division leaders – two points above the Montreal Canadiens with Tuesday’s win.

Michael Ryder started off the game with a wrister just 28 seconds into the first period. It was Ryder’s 11th of the season and seventh power-play goal.

Tampa Bay and Boston traded goals throughout the game – the Bruins scored first in each period, only to have the Lightning equalize it, until Recchi’s game winner.

Tampa Bay’s first goal came just under seven minutes after Ryder’s opening tally. Steven Stamkos tipped in a shot while the Lightning were on the power play.

Steven Kampfer opened scoring in the second period with a goal at 3:27. His wrister was his first career NHL goal for the Bruins. Marc Savard assisted on Kampfer’s goal – it was Savard’s 700th career point.

Nearly 10 minutes later, Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier scored a wrap-around on Bruins netminder Tim Thomas (31 saves).

Brad Marchand netted his fifth goal of the season to put the Bruins up 3-2 just three minutes into the third period. It was Marchand’s first game since Dec. 18.

The Lightning tied it up for the third time 10:50 into the third period – Martin St Louis scored on a wrist shot.

Dan Ellis was in goal for Tampa Bay. He made 25 saves.

Boston is 15-1-1 when scoring first. The Bruins hope to continue their three-game win streak on Thursday in Atlanta. The Bruins have three games left in their road stint.

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