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Three Wins in a Row for Bruins

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins -- The Bruins got an early lead and never fell behind as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in their second road game in two nights in Florida.

Boston Bruins left wing Mark Recchi, right, celebrates with teammate Michael Ryder after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, in Tampa, Fla. Boston won 4-3. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
B’s left wing Mark Recchi netted the game-winning tally on the power play with 20 seconds remaining in the game, and gave the Boston two more points and sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division.

“This is a good stepping-stone, there’s still a long ways to go on this road trip, we’re trying to accomplish something,” Recchi said. “We knew the other night we took our division lead and we wanted to keep it.

"We want to keep it now and we have an opportunity to grab it and run with it.”

Forward Michael Ryder started things off for Boston just 28 seconds into the game when he netted his eleventh goal of the season; his seventh on the power play. 

Along with the win, two Bruins notched some NHL milestones during the game.

Rookie defenseman Steven Kampfer scored his first career NHL goal in the second period and Marc Savard’s assist on the same goal marked his 700th NHL point.

“It was definitely exciting," said Kampfer. "It was something I always dreamed about, getting that first goal.

“And then, you know, to come with a win, and it’s even better.”

Winger Brad Marchand returned to the line-up tonight after being out since Dec. 18.  He scored his fifth goal of the season in the third period.

“I guess it just shows the importance he’s had in our line-up this year. He’s been a really good player, whether he draws penalties or whether he makes plays like he did tonight,” said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien following the game.

“You miss a guy like that in your line-up so it was nice to have him back.”

The B’s were outshot 34-29 but managed to remain at least tied with the Lightning throughout the contest.

Tampa Bay scored equalizing goals in all three periods before Recchi scored the game-winner after Steven Stamkos took a two-minute boarding penalty at 18:10. 

“Yeah we found a way, you know we battled, you know whenever they scored to catch up we never let them carry any momentum over and on the next shift we came out and battled hard,” said B’s goaltender Tim Thomas (31 saves).

“We might not have necessarily scored that next shift but we stopped them from carrying over any momentum and we got big goals at big times.”

The Bruins will face Atlanta on Thursday in game three of the five game road swing.

---Hannah Becker
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