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Nathan Horton scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season, while Tuukka Rask made 24 of 26 stops to lead the Boston Bruins to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning from the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Florida on Thursday night.
The B’s also had a goal from Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, the latter of which leads the Bruins with nine in total this year, and has shown tremendous accuracy nailing nine of 20 total shot attempts. Boston improves to a remarkable 10-2-2 record after a strong start.
After the Bruins took an early 2-0 lead, the Lightning fought back when Steven Stamkos cut their lead in half, and then rookie Cory Conacher tied it up midway through the second period when be fired a wrist shot past Rask.
Marchand put them back ahead 3-2 with his goal with 6:02 left to go in the period, and Rask again quieted the Tampa Bay’s home crowd by silencing the Lightning offense over the course of the third period. Horton’s second goal was gravy over the win, which keeps the team moving in the right direction.
The Bruins continue their tour through Florida with a visit to the BB&T Center on Sunday when they face off with the Panthers, who have struggled to a 5-7-4 record this year.