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Bruins beat Lightning for third straight victory


Tuesday night was all about “3” at TD Garden Tuesday night. No. 33, Zdeno Chara [1], notched three assists for the third time in his career to help lead the Bruins to their third straight victory. The B’s defeated the Lightning, 5-2.

The Bruins received scoring from Shawn Thornton [2], Dennis Seidenberg [3], Benoit Pouliot, Brad Marchand [4] and Rich Peverley [5] to give them three wins in a row for the first time since Dec. 19-28, a span of 41 games.

Steven Stamkos had both of Tampa’s goals to give the 22-year-old a league-leading 55 tallies on the season. Tim Thomas [6] made his return to the net after having Sunday off, with the reigning Vezina winner facing only 18 shots and making 16 saves. Dwayne Roloson stopped 33 of 27 shots.

The Bruins will be back in action Thursday against the Capitals.


– Thornton’s goal was his first in 35 games. His last goal prior to it was a memorable one, as he last scored when he beat Ondrej Pavelec on a penalty shot against the Jets on Jan. 10.

– In fact, Thornton’s line with Gregory Campbell [7] and Jordan Caron had a strong showing for the B’s. Thornton broke up a play at the blue line in the Bruins’ zone to give himself a breakaway before being stopped by Roloson in the first period, while Campbell was denied on multiple bids in the second period. Campbell was initially credited with the secondary helper on Thornton’s goal but a scoring change took it away.

Brian Rolston [8] extended his point streak to seven games with the assist on Pouliot’s goal. Rolston has three goals and nine assists in that span, while Pouliot now has five points (three goals, two assists) over his last three games.

Patrice Bergeron [9] was once again stellar in the faceoff circle. The veteran center won 20 of 25 draws.


– In addition to not playing his best hockey, Tyler Seguin [10] has been taking a lot of minor penalties of late. He took two more Tuesday, the first of which came late in the second period when the second-year player went off for tripping Steven Stamkos. At full speed and without the benefit of replays, the play looked like a slew foot, and but Seguin has to watch it even if it wasn’t. Including a third-period high-sticking penalty, Seguin has more minor penalties (six) than points (five) over his last seven games.

– Stamkos has an NHL-leading 55 goals this season, and five of those goals have come against the Bruins in four meetings. Stamkos has had two goals in each of the teams’ last two meetings, with each goal Tuesday tying the game. If it makes the B’s feel any better, Stamkos scores a lot against every other team, too.