Boston had won eight in a row over the Tampa Bay Lightning entering the first meeting of 2014-15 between the two teams.
The Bolts hadn’t beaten the Bruins in nearly five years.
Tampa Bay’s futility against the Bruins continued on Tuesday.
David Pastrnak scored the first two goals of his brief NHL career Saturday in Philadelphia.
The 18-year-old repeated the feat a game later against the Lightning.
Pastrnak tallied the tying goal late in the second period and added the eventual game-winner in the third to lead Boston to a 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay at TD Garden.
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scored two goals, his 24th and 25th of the season, in the loss.
Tampa Bay (27-14-4, 58 points) drops both sides of back-to-backs and has now lost two consecutive games.
Pastrnak put the Bruins (23-15-6, 52 points) up 4-2 just 90 seconds into the final period, skating behind the Bolts’ goal and wrapping a shot around on the other side past Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, making his 34th appearance of the season.
Ryan Callahan scored for the second game in a row to cut the deficit to 4-3 at 14:13 of the third. Mark Barberio blasted a shot from the point that tipped off Alex Killorn’s stick and Callahan’s skate before slipping by Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.
Killorn and Barberio were given assists.
The Lightning struggled to generate scoring chances in the third period, however, registering just five shots on goal, and the Bolts were unable to find the game-tying goal.
Stamkos scored 9:23 into the game to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead. Ondrej Palat corralled a rebound from Nikita Kucherov’s shot and skated into the left circle, where he sent a pass across the ice on the back post for Stamkos, who one-touched the shot into the net to give the Lightning the opening goal.
Palat and Kucherov assisted.
Stamkos tallied his second of the game at 10:55 of the second period to put the Lightning back in front after Brad Marchand scored late in the first to tie the game. Bolts defenseman Nikita Nesterov did well to keep the play in the Bruins’ zone, three times stopping the puck at the blue line and firing back toward the Boston goal. On the third, he fed the puck up ahead for Palat, who kicked a pass to Stamkos in the slot. Stamkos sniped a shot top shelf to beat Rask (16 saves) and put the Bolts up 2-1.
Palat registered his second assist of the game. Nesterov earned the first point of his career in NHL game number four.
Boston scored three straight goals to take control, however.
Pastrnak made a nice individual move at 15:24 of the second to elude Bolts blue liner Matt Carle and shoved the puck past Bishop after getting the Lightning goalie to bite on his initial move to tie the game 2-2.
With 54 seconds remaining in the second, Milan Lucic’s backhanded shot in close was stopped by Bishop (30 saves), but the rebound came off Anton Stralman’s skate and into the net to put the Bruins in front for good.
Pastrnak added his second goal early in the third to provide the difference.
Boston outshot the Lightning 34-19.
The Bolts were playing without top defenseman Victor Hedman and scoring leader Tyler Johnson, who both suffered lower-body injuries Monday in Philadelphia and are day-to-day. Vladislav Namestnikov was recalled from the Lightning’s AHL affiliate in Syracuse on Tuesday to help offset their loss. Namestnikov skated in his first game since December 2.
Tampa Bay returns to Amalie Arena for a three-game set before next weekend’s All-Star break. The Lightning open the homestand on Thursday against the Edmonton Oilers.