TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — J.T. Brown and Anton Stralman scored 15 seconds apart soon after Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos got into a fight, and the Lightning stopped a 10-game losing streak against the Boston Bruins with a 5-3 victory Sunday.
Tampa Bay also got goals from Vladislav Namestnikov, Jason Garrison and Ondrej Palat. The Lightning’s last win over Boston was on Mar. 13, 2012, a 6-1 victory.
Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara and Daniel Paille scored for the Bruins, who are 0-3-2 over their last five games and hold a one-point lead over Ottawa for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Senators have played two fewer games.
Less than a minute after Stamkos fought Boston’s Brad Marchand at 10:05 of the first, Brown (10:47) and Stralman (11:02) beat Tuukka Rask to put the Lightning up 3-1.
The Lightning trail Atlantic Division-leading Montreal by two points.
Namestnikov had tied it at 1 from in-close at 5:49 of first after Rask made a pair of saves.
Garrison made it 4-1 on his first goal in 40 games, which ended Rask’s night at 7:54 of the second. Niklas Svedberg replaced Rask.
Bergeron opened the scoring 33 seconds in, beating Ben Bishop from the slot. Chara got a power-play goal midway through the third.
Palat also had a third-period power-play goal before Paille scored in the final minute.
Bishop is 1-3-2 against Boston, while Rask dropped to 9-3-0 when playing the Lightning after giving up four goals on 12 shots.
NOTES: Boston D Dougie Hamilton, hurt in Saturday’s 2-1 overtime loss at Florida, didn’t play. … The Bruins recalled D Zach Trotman from Providence of the AHL. … Bruins C David Krejci is with the team, but sat out his 15th straight game with a left knee injury. … Tampa Bay LW Brenden Morrow (16 games) and Brown (15 games) both ended lengthy point droughts with assists on Namestnikov’s goal. … Marchand stopped a seven-game point drought by assisting on Bergeron’s goal.