Tampa, Fla. (AP) — Patrice Bergeron earned his 1,000th career point with an assist in the second half, and the Boston Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 Monday night for their seventh straight win.
Bergeron became just the fourth Boston player and the 94th in NHL history to reach that goal with his second pass on Brad Marchand’s goal at 15:08 that gave the Bruins a 4-1 lead.
Marchand immediately signaled Bergeron after he scored and emptied the Boston bench to celebrate with the 37-year-old quarterback along the boards.
Other Boston players to reach 1,000 points are Ray Burke (1,506), Johnny Busiek (1,339), and Phil Esposito (1,012), who was in the game as a Lightning radio announcer. Bergeron is the 41st player to score 1,000 points with a single distinction.
David Krejci, Nick Foligno, Charlie Coyle, and David Pasternak also scored for the Bruins, who improved to 17-2. Linus Allmark made 32 saves.
Boston needed two wins to match the 1929-30 Bruins, who started the season with a franchise-best 19-2.
Nick Paul scored twice and Rudolfs Cherry scored the other Lightning goal. Andrei Vasilevsky stopped 25 shots.
Tampa Bay has won four straight.
Foligno and Coyle scored 31 with a 31-second lead to give Boston a 3-1 lead.
Foligno, who hit a volley off the chin during the morning skate, scored on the rebound on a power play at 5:07.
Coyle was credited with his near goal after a video review. It was originally called a no-goal when the referees decided that the net had escaped before the puck had cleared the goal line.
Pasternak, on the power play, cherished the exchange with an 11-second lead early in the third before Paul’s man-advantage goal made it 5-3 at 10:38.
Pastrnak scored 13 goals in 15 games against Vasilevskiy, extending his point streak to seven games (four goals, 10 points).
Paul and Krejci scored goals in the first half. Craigie scored four goals in three consecutive matches.
Tampa Bay held a 9-0 lead within the first eight minutes of the game.
Boston linebackers David Pasternak and Jake Debrusek collided in the offensive zone and ended up on the ice during a late power play in the first period. DeBrusk skated to the bench after that but was just fine and finished with a couple of tackles.
Bruins: Trent Frederick left with an upper body injury.
Lightning: C Ross Colton (upper body) scratched.
Bruins: Play Wednesday night in Florida.
The Lightning: St. Louis hosted Friday night.
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