The Boston Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning

Other Boston players to reach 1,000 points are Ray Bourque (1,506), Johnny Busiek (1,339), and Phil Esposito (1,012).

Tampa, Fla. — Patrice Bergeron earned his 1,000th career point with an assist in the second period, and the Boston Bruins defeated 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.

“That was probably the most special thing about it,” Bergeron said. “All the guys kind of jump in and share that. It’s great. That’s something I’ll remember for a long time.”

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.

Boston coach Jim Montgomery said, “The players love him. I joked the other day, if he had any kind of cheat in his game, he might actually have 1,200 points, or 1,300. He’s so dedicated to playing the game the right way and helping the team succeed.”

Montgomery Bergeron, a five-time Selke Trophy winner as the best defensive tackle in the league, was compared to Montreal great Bob Gainey.

“I think Bob Jenney has historically been the best defensive player in the game,” said Montgomery. “It was my good fortune to watch him in his day with Montreal. What Patrice did as a center, there’s a lot of responsibility, and he might just get ahead of Bob as the greatest of all time.”

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 coach John Cooper: “That’s why they’re the elite team in the league, when it dwindled, they kept it together and stuck it out.” “When things didn’t go our way, we didn’t handle it very well. Two good teams. It was a good game for the most part, but they deserved more than we did.”

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.

Pastrnak and Jake DeBrusk collided in the offensive zone and ended up on the ice during a power play late in the first period. DeBrusk skated to the bench after that but did well and finished with two passes.

Bruins: C. Trent Frederick left with an upper-body injury, and day in and day out.

Lightning: C Ross Colton (upper body) scratched.

Bruins: Play Wednesday night in Florida.

The Lightning: St. Louis hosted Friday night.

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