BOSTON -- Just like that, on the back of a three-game winning streak, the Bruins have climbed all the way to second place in the division.
The Bruins rode a couple of second-period goals to an efficient 3-0 victory over the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning to give them a perfect 3-0-0 record vs. the Bolts this season.
The victory was marred by a gruesome right leg injury to Lighting star Steven Stamkos, who crashed feet-first into the post while back-checking and appeared to snap his right leg before being taken off the ice on a stretcher.
The injury happened with more than 12 minutes remaining in the game, and the Bruins followed by scoring a pair of goals against a Lightning team stunned without its scoring leader.
Sami Salo suffered a leg injury minutes later, and his slow exit to the bench opened up things for a Bruins rush to the offensive end orchestrated by Brad Marchand. Patrice Bergeron escaped the ensuing scrum and fired a loose puck past Anders Lindback to give the Bruins a one-goal lead.
Twenty seconds later, Daniel Paille rushed down the ice and beat Lindback on a sweet individual move for his second goal of the season, and the Bruins had all the offense they would need on the afternoon.
The Bruins defense had themselves an excellent day against a high-powered Lightning offense, and Tuukka Rask picked up his second shutout in three games versus Tampa Bay this season. In fact, Rask has allowed only a single goal in nine periods against the Bolts this season.
Jarome Iginla finished off a solid day with the empty-net goal to make it a three-goal margin of victory for the Black and Gold.