Lightning beat Bruins 3-2 for 5th consecutive win

Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) beats Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey ga

Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) beats Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) for a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey ga

Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli, right, celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins with defenseman Erik Cernak (81) during the third per

Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli, right, celebrates his goal against the Boston Bruins with defenseman Erik Cernak (81) during the third per

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81) goes away with the puck after a scrum behind the goal during the third period of the team's NHL hockey

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81) goes away with the puck after a scrum behind the goal during the third period of the team's NHL hockey

The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Mear

The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins in an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Mear

Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with left wing Brad Marchand (63) and right wing David Past

Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with left wing Brad Marchand (63) and right wing David Past

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) fires the puck toward Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) during the second period of an NHL ho

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) fires the puck toward Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) during the second period of an NHL ho

Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) beats Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Louis Domingue (70) for a goal during the first period of an NHL hoc

Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) beats Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Louis Domingue (70) for a goal during the first period of an NHL hoc

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) takes down Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Th

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) takes down Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Th

Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with left wing Brad Marchand (63) during the first pe

Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with left wing Brad Marchand (63) during the first pe

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) knocks Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) off the puck during the first period of an NHL h

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) knocks Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) off the puck during the first period of an NHL h

Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) steals a pass intended for Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) during the first period of an N

Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) steals a pass intended for Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) during the first period of an N

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Louis Domingue (70) makes a pad save on a shot by Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) during the first period

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Louis Domingue (70) makes a pad save on a shot by Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) during the first period

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mathieu Joseph and Anthony Cirelli scored early in the third period and the Tampa Bay Lightning won their fifth consecutive game by beating the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Thursday night.

After Joseph scored at 2:40, Cirelli put home a short-handed backhand 1:23 later to make it 3-1.

Boston pulled to 3-2 on David Krejci's goal with 1:45 remaining.

Brayden Point also scored and Louis Domingue made 33 saves for the Lightning, who have the NHL's best record at 22-7-1.

David Pastrnak had a goal for Boston, and Tuukka Rask stopped 27 shots. The Bruins have lost three in a row and four of five.

Point got his 21st goal, including seven over his last eight games, to tie it 1-all with 5:01 left in the first. Nikita Kucherov set up the goal with a backhand pass and has 20 assists and 25 points in his last 12 games.

Pastrnak got his 20th goal in his 28th game this season on a rebound 2:04 into the game. Jaromir Jagr — on four different occasions — is the only Czech-born player to reach the 20-goal mark in fewer games.

Domingue made a pad save on a late first-period breakaway by Pastrnak, who went to his backhand.

Boston activated defenseman Charlie McAvoy, who had been sidelined since Oct. 20 due to a concussion. The injury-depleted Bruins are still without center Patrice Bergeron (ribs), and defensemen Zdeno Chara (lower body), Kevan Miller (throat) and Urho Vaakanainen (concussion).

NOTES: Krejci tied current Bruins president Cam Neely for 10th place in team history with 590 points. ... The Bruins claimed forward Gemel Smith off waivers from Dallas, sent D Connor Clifton to Providence of the AHL and placed Miller on injured reserve. Miller, hurt on Nov. 26, will be re-evaluated in four weeks. . Tampa Bay D Anton Stralman (upper body) missed his 14th straight game and is not practicing. His status is being reviewed on a weekly basis.

UP NEXT

Bruins: Return home to play Toronto on Saturday night.

Lightning: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.

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