Vincent Lecavalier scores twice as Tampa Bay beats Boston 4-1

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TAMPA, Fla. - Vincent Lecavalier displayed his scoring touch and toughness, and helped the Lightning end a long slide.

Lecavalier had two goals and an assist as the Lightning snapped a six-game skid with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

"It's definitely a confidence-booster," Lecavalier said. "You could feel right from the beginning we played very well."

Lecavalier was sporting a large welt on his right cheek after the game, the result of being hit by a tipped puck in the second.

"It feels all right," Lecavalier said. "First time I ever got a puck that hard in the face. It doesn't feel too good."

Lecavalier's first goal of the game was his 250th in the NHL, coming in his 655th game. He has 16 goals and 39 points in 34 games against Boston.

"There's no question he's the best player in the game right now up to this point," Boston centre Marc Savard said. "He's a tough guy to contain when he's skating."

Mathieu Darche and Martin St. Louis had the other goals for Tampa Bay.

Glen Murray scored for Boston, which lost for the second time in six games.

"They made things happen," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Our best players weren't our best players tonight. It's pretty simple. When you lose games like that, that's normally what happens."

Lecavalier stole an errant pass by Boston defenceman Zdeno Chara deep in the Bruins zone. After Tim Thomas stopped Lecavalier's first shot, the Lightning centre scored on the rebound to put Tampa Bay ahead 1-0 at 5:45 of the first.

Tampa Bay went ahead 2-0 on Lecavalier's power-play goal with 4:07 left in the period.

Lightning goalie Johan Holmqvist made several strong saves during the first period, including a low slot shot by Vladimir Sobotka. He finished with 28 saves.

"It starts with Homer," Tampa Bay defenceman Shane O'Brien said. "Homer was awesome."

Lecavalier was hit in the face in the neutral zone with 18:28 left in the second. He underwent treatment on the bench for the welt below his right eye before returning to the ice a few minutes later.

"He's a tough kid," Darche said.

Murray cut the Bruins' deficit to 2-1 on the power play at 17:47 of the second. The Lightning got the goal back when Darche scored with 58.6 seconds remaining in the period.

St. Louis extended the Lightning's advantage to 4-1 with his first goal in six games, scored at 6:13 of the third. Lecavalier set up the goal for his 300th NHL assist.

Thomas had 24 saves.

Notes: - The Lightning have had two six-game losing streaks this season. ... Savard had an assist, extending his point streak to nine games. He has 14 assists and 16 points over the stretch. ... Bruins LW Milan Lucic (concussion) missed his fourth straight game. ... Boston D Aaron Ward left with an undisclosed injury. He will be evaluated on Sunday.



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