The Bruins continued to make up ground in the standings Monday with a 3-0 win over the Lightning, but the matinee was overshadowed by a rather dark moment for one of the league’s top players.
The story of the game didn’t end up being scoring or standings placement, as an injury to Steven Stamkos left the superstar center down on the ice banging his fists in visible pain before being carried off on a stretcher.
Stamkos suffered the injury when he and Dougie Hamilton crashed into the net, with Stamkos’ right leg hitting the post. Stamkos’ right foot appeared to be dangling after the play, and when trainers came out to the ice, Stamkos could be seen mouthing, “It’s broken.”
Stamkos, 23, entered the game leading the NHL  in both goals (14) and points (23).
The Garden crowd gave Stamkos a standing ovation and seemed to be taken out of the game until the B’s got on the board on Patrice Bergeron ‘s sixth goal of the season. Bruins fans certainly have a lot of respect for Stamkos after seeing him stay in the game after getting hit in the face with a Johnny Boychuk  slap shot in Game 7 of the 2011 Eastern Conference finals.
Just 20 seconds after Bergeron’s goal, Daniel Paille  took the puck through the neutral zone and to the net before deking Lightning goalie Anders Lindback and putting in his second goal of the season.
With a clear shot at the empty net in the natural zone, Milan Lucic  dished the puck to Jarome Iginla, who scored his fourth of the season.
Tuukka Rask  picked up the shutout for the Bruins, the second one he’s had against the Lightning this season. He stopped all 28 shots he saw.
The Bruins will wrap up their five-game home stand Thursday when they host the Blue Jackets.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– The Bruins killed off all four of their penalties Monday and have now killed 22 consecutive penalties. Not bad considering that the fourth penalty was on their top penalty killer (Zdeno Chara ) and the Lightning were desperate to get back into the game in the final five minutes.
– Brad Marchand  played one of his best games of the season (not that it would have taken much given his rough start), as he created numerous scoring opportunities for both himself and his linemates. In the first period, Marchand pulled off an impressive move to get around Andrej Sustr on a one-on-one, but was stopped by Lindback on a backhand bid.
Marchand also came close in the second period, as he hit the post early on and later knocked down a backhand saucer pass from Loui Eriksson entering the neutral zone, took it into the Lightning zone and spun around Sami Salo before getting a shot off that Lindback stopped. The Tampa goalie gave up a huge rebound on the play, but nobody was there for it.
On the Bruins’ first goal, Marchand held the puck low and waited for his teammates to catch up with him before feeding Torey Krug. With Eriksson and Bergeron crashing the net, the B’s were able to get on the board when Bergeron jammed a rebound past Lindback.
– In firing the shot that yielded the rebound on which Bergeron scored, Krug registered a point for the fourth straight game. Krug, who is tied for the lead among NHL  defensemen with six goals on the season, has two goals and two assists over the last four games.
– Speaking of point streaks, Eriksson now has assists in three straight games. The goals will certainly come for Erksson, but he’ll probably take what he can get as his line waits to hit its stride.
– It was smooth sailing for Matt Bartkowski as he stepped into the lineup with Adam McQuaid out. Bartkowski had the secondary assist on Paille’s goal, giving him two assists and a minus-2 rating on the season through five games.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The Bruins and the iron around Lindback got to know one another pretty well, as Iginla hit the post on a first-period breakaway before Marchand’s second-period bid hit the post.
– Goaltender interference was a thorn in the Bruins’ side early and late. Chris Kelly  was the victim of a pretty bogus goaltender interference call in the first period, while a David Krejci  goal in the final two minutes was negated by a goalie interference call against Iginla.
– Speaking of penalties, the Bruins only had one power play on the day (on a Victor Hedman high-sticking penalty in the third period) and went 0-for-1 on the man advantage. Chara took an interference penalty with 21 seconds remaining on it.