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The Bruins once again dominated the best team in the division during an early Monday afternoon game. Boston beat the Tampa Bay Lighting by a score of 3-0.
This is the Bruins’ third straight win after going through a tough five-game stretch in which they only won a single game. This game was also the fourth in a five-game home-stand. After beating the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday and the Lightning on Monday, the Bruins beat two of the three teams ahead of them in the division.
The first period ended in a 0-0 stalemate and the Bruins were able to jump out to a lead in the second period on a Patrice Bergeron goal and then Daniel Paille added insult to injury by adding another goal a mere 20 seconds later. The second period was all bad news for the Lightning as Steven Stamkos left the ice on a stretcher with a leg injury and would not return. Jarome Iginla added an empty netter in the final minute to seal the 3-0 victory.
This is the third time this season that the Bruins and Lightning have played and the third Bruins win. The usually effective Tampa offense could once again not solve the riddle that is Tuuka Rask. Rask has faced 85 shots in the three games and has stopped 84 of them. The Bruins have outscored the Lightning 11-1 so far this season.
With the win the Bruins have now jumped the Detroit Red Wings and Maple Leafs in the Atlantic Division to take over sole possession of the number two spot. The team in first is the Lightning. However, with its win Monday, Boston has guaranteed that it will win the season series over Tampa as they only have one game remaining this season. Tampa has only five losses and three are against Boston. Should the two still be atop the division at the end of the season this could impact playoff seeding.
With back to back wins against top division rivals the Bruins will look to continue their winning ways against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.