BOSTON — The Boston Bruins scored three times in less than three minutes in the third period and snapped the Eastern Conference-leading Tampa Bay Lightning’s franchise-best 10-game winning streak with a 4-1 victory Thursday night.

Jake DeBrusk, Noel Acciari, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand all had goals for the Bruins (38-17-9), who have won 9 of 10 and earned at least one point in 15 straight.

The game was the first in NHL history in which teams faced off while each owning simultaneous point streaks of 14 or more contests.

Boston’s win tied the season series between the East’s top two teams at 1-1. They will play twice more over the final five weeks of the regular season.

A goal by Tampa Bay’s Anthony Cirelli’s with 7:08 remaining prevented the Lightning (49-12-4) from being shut out for the first time since losing 1-0 in overtime to St. Louis on Feb. 7.

Tuukka Rask had 20 saves for the Bruins. Louis Domingue,a former Portland Pirate, stopped 37 shots for the Lightning in his 24th start of the season and first since Feb. 19.


The Bruins improved to 7-0-1 without leading goal scorer David Pastrnak in the lineup and are 11-0-2 in their last 13 games. They have not lost in regulation since a 3-2 home loss to the New York Rangers on Jan. 19.

The Lightning looked every bit like a team on the second night of a back-to-back and playing their third game in four nights. Tampa had scored four or more goals eight times in its previous 10 victories, but looked lethargic and generated a minimal attack for most of the night.

For the game, the Bruins outshot the Lightning 41-21.

Boston took a 1-0 lead into the third period, then the floodgates opened in a hurry.

First, Acciari got a takeaway in the zone and slipped his shot by Domingue. Less than a minute later, Bergeron made it 3-0. Then, Marchand got Boston’s final goal by converting on a breakaway.

Boston capitalized on a penalty to score the game’s first goal.


Tampa’s Victor Hedman was whistled for a slash to DeBrusk, earning a two-minute penalty at 11:40 mark of the second.

DeBrusk made the Lightning pay 32 seconds into the ensuing power play, slapping Torey Krug’s pass past Domingue to put Boston up 1-0. It was DeBrusk’s seventh goal and 12th point in his last eight games.

The Lightning had been perfect on penalty kills in their previous seven games.

Domingue started in place of Andrei Vasilevskiy, who entered the night tied with Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury for the NHL lead with six shutouts. Lightning Coach Jon Cooper said part of the decision to sit Vasilevskiy was that Domingue has played well on the second night of back-to-backs.

With Tampa Bay down 1-0 in the third, Domingue did his part to give the Lightning a chance to come back. He had probably the stop of the night, snaring a point-blank chance by Joakim Nordstrom with a twisting glove save.

Charlie McAvoy and Marcus Johansson also came up empty on chances in close.

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