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Bruins hang on for 5-4 victory over Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Michael Ryder and Milan Lucic scored two goals apiece, helping the Boston Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 on Thursday night for their first three-game winning streak in more than six weeks.

Miroslav Satan also scored for the Bruins, who have put their longest winning streak since late December after losing 10 straight.

The Lightning allowed four first-period goals and had their longest winning streak since November 2007 stopped at four games.

Boston built a 5-0 lead for goalie Tuukka Rask before Martin St. Louis scored twice in the closing minutes of the second period for Tampa Bay.

Steve Downie added two goals in the third goal, the latter trimming the Lightning's deficit to one with 3:13 to go.

Ryder scored both of his goals in the opening period. He also set up a third, when his shot from in front of the net deflected off Lucic and Lightning defenseman Max Smaby before skipping past Lightning goalie Antero Niittymaki.

Tampa Bay had allowed three or fewer goals in nine consecutive games, going 7-1-1. Niittymaki was pulled after the opening period, and the Bruins scored on their first shot against backup Mike Smith to make it 5-0.

Tampa Bay began to dig itself out of the hole when St. Louis scored twice in less than 3 minutes to increase his points streak to eight games. Steven Stamkos assisted on both goals to extend his career-best points streak to 11 games.

Downie, with assists from Stamkos and Victor Hedman, cut Boston's lead to two goals with just under 9 minutes remaining. Hedman and St. Louis assisted on his second goal before the furious rally ran out of steam.

NOTES: St. Louis has nine goals and four assists in the past eight games. Stamkos, who finished with three assists, has eight goals and 11 assists during his 11-game points streak. ... Bruins RW Mark Recchi played in his 1,549th NHL game, tying him for ninth place on the career list with Alex Delvecchio. ... Boston scored more than three goals in a game for the first time in 17 games, a stretch that began after a 4-1 victory over Ottawa on Jan. 5.