TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos just keeps on scoring goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning have put together a modest winning streak.

Stamkos got his NHL-leading 20th goal of the season to help the Lightning beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Monday night.

“What more can you say about Stamkos?” Boston Coach Claude Julien said. “He’s on fire. Give him an opportunity and he’s going to take advantage of it.”

Stamkos, who has a point in 18 of 21 games, had one of three Tampa Bay goals during the second period that made it 3-0. The center has 10 goals and 16 points in his last nine games.

Dana Tyrell and Teddy Purcell also scored for the Lightning, who have won four in a row.

“On this team we’re focused on winning hockey games and that’s it,” Stamkos said. “I just want to chip in offensively whenever I can.”

Boston, which has lost two straight after a three-game winning streak, got a goal from Michael Ryder. The Bruins (7-2) have dropped just 2 of 9 road games.

The Lightning outshot Boston 36-27, including 31-15 through two periods.

“To win a hockey game you need to play 60 minutes and that’s what we didn’t do,” Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara said. “For the first 40 minutes Tampa was dominating the game and they deserved to win. It’s too late when you turn on the engines in the last 20. That’s not good enough.”

Tampa Bay went up 2-0 early in the second when Tyrell and Stamkos scored 1:40 apart.

“I think we’re playing with confidence and we’ve got a good thing going right now,” Lightning center Nate Thompson said. “It feels good, but we can’t accept that. We want more. We want to get better.”


NOTES: Marc Savard, sidelined with post-concussion symptoms, may soon resume full-contact workouts.

Savard is scheduled for extensive tests today with a specialist in Pittsburgh. He’s confident the test result will be positive.

“Feeling like myself, again,” said Savard, one of the Bruins’ top playmakers. “There’s still work to put in. It’s still going to be a bit away from, obviously, playing games.”

Left wing Marco Sturm also has resumed practicing with the team as he recovers from a right knee injury. Like Savard, Sturm has yet to play this season.