A persistent offensive attack was not enough to lift the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tampa Bay held a 38-32 shot advantage through 60 minutes, including a 15-9 edge after the first period, but fell to the Boston Bruins 8-1 at TD Garden Thursday night.
Victor Hedman had the lone goal for the Lightning, who has won four of the last six on the road.
Boston won its second straight and for the third time in its last five. David Krejci had two goals, and six other players found the back of the net for the Bruins, who snapped a two-game skid in their home arena.
Tim Thomas stopped 37 shots in his second consecutive appearance. He made 41 saves in a 3-0 shutout of the Flyers last night in the first half of a back-to-back set.
“He’s a good goaltender,” Lightning forward Nate Thompson said. “He pretty much makes the save every time.”
Boston scored four times in the third period, getting an additional goal from Krejci and receiving contributions from Michael Ryder, Mark Recchi and Blake Wheeler.
Krejci and Dennis Seidenberg spotted Boston a 2-0 lead after the first period.
Krejci opened scoring with a wrist shot that rattled the inside of the near post and in at 10:52, and Seidenberg doubled the lead at 19:40 from the blue line after he caught goaltender Mike Smith leaning too far outside of the net in anticipation of a dump in of the puck.
“We struggled a little in the first,” defenseman Mike Lundin said. “We got it going there at the end, but that was an unfortunate goal to end the period.”
Smith finished with 17 saves, but was relieved at the start of the third period in favor of Dan Ellis.
Milan Lucic’s goal to open the second period made it 3-0. The Boston forward finished off a 3-on-1 rush with Nathan Horton after the puck caromed off Lightning defenseman Brett Clark, who was sprawled across the low slot in an attempt to disrupt the play. It was his second goal in as many games.
Hedman put Tampa Bay on the board towards the end of the middle frame when he chipped in a pass from Ryan Malone to beat Thomas stick side.
A strange bounce helped Boston regain the three-goal lead at 17:30. As the puck was dumped into the Bruins’ offensive zone, it ricocheted unexpectedly off the boards before hitting Smith’s skate and finding its way into the net. The goal was credited to Shawn Thornton for his fifth of the season.
“You can’t think that you’re going to go out there and score four, five or six goals,” Head Coach Guy Boucher said. “You don’t want to let go against these guys.”
Krejci added his second of the night 34 seconds into the third, and Ryder brought the score to 6-1 with an unassisted goal past Ellis just 1:16 later. Ellis stopped seven of 10 shots.
Recchi notched a power-play goal midway through the period, capping a three-goal flurry in a seven and a half minute span. Wheeler ended the scoring with his sixth of the season.
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