TAMPA — Patrice Bergeron had an assist for his 1,000th. NHL point, and the Boston Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Monday at the Amalie Arena.
Bergeron, the Bruins captain, had the second assist in a clean sheet Brad Marchand at 15:08 of the second period to give Boston a 4-1 lead. He has 409 goals and 591 assists in 1,235 games.
“It’s a special game that gives you a lot, of course you go through a lot of ups and downs,” said Bergeron. “But in the end, all you remember is those memories, friendships and the guys you go to battle with. It was a special moment.”
The entire Bruins team came off the bench to celebrate with Bergeron after the goal was scored.
“It’s a special moment and it doesn’t happen often,” Marchand said. “Obviously it couldn’t be with a better man. It’s another milestone in such an incredible career.”
Bergeron is the fourth Bruins player to have 1,000 points, behind Ray Bourque (1,506), Johnny Bucyk (1,339) and Phil Esposito (1,012).
“If he had any trick in his game, he might have 1,200 or 1,300 points,” said Boston coach Jim Montgomery. “But he’s just so committed to playing the game right and helping the team succeed. He always thinks of a team, it’s amazing.”
David Krejci had a goal and an assist for the Bruins (17-2-0), who have won seven straight games. Linus Ullmark Made 32 saves.
Nicholas Paul scored two goals for the Lightning (11-7-1), ending their four-game winning streak. Andrei Vasilyevsky Made 24 saves.
“We hurt ourselves a bit with the attention to detail,” said Paul. “It’s hard to see positive results when the team is losing. Yes, I had a couple of goals tonight but when we lose it’s not great.”
Paul gave Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead at 8:57 of the first period with a shot from the left faceoff circle.
Krejci equalized at 15:36 with a slap shot from above on the right circle to make it 1-1, which went into the net from Vasilevskiy’s block.
Nick Foligno put Boston 2-1 up 5:07 the second with a power play goal from a rebound off a shot Paul Zacha. Foligno received five jabs after being punched in the face by a Boston defender Hampus Lindholm.
“It’s part of being ahead of the net, sometimes you’ll take one,” said Foligno. “We came out in the second and took over so it was nice to get that and move on. That’s what happens with our team, we just come in waves. Good teams do that and it’s so hard to stop them.”
Charlie Coyle made it 3-1 at 5:38 with a close-range goal that was initially averted when the net was moved, but a video review initiated by the NHL Situation Room showed the puck crossing the goal line first.
To David Pastr scored a power-play goal for the Bruins at 3:51 of the third period to extend the lead to 5-1. He shot from below the left circle after a pass through the crease Jake DeBrusk.
“Penalties, ball losses, a bit of structure, in the end they probably survived our storm a bit in the first third and came out of the third 1-1,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “And then they throw us their storm and it’s 4-1. That was the difference in the game.”
Rudolph Balz made it 5-2 at 4:02 with his first goal since joining the Lightning after being released from waivers by the Florida Panthers on November 12. Paul scored his second goal on the power play at 10:38 to make it 5-3.
“I think in the first and third periods I thought we controlled the game quite a bit,” said the Tampa Bay forward Pat Maroon said. “The momentum is destroyed when you play so well and then go up on the PK. We’re not putting our top guys out there.”
REMARKS: Bruin’s center Trento Frederic dropped out of the game in the second period and suffers from an upper body injury every day. … flash forward Ross Colton (torso) was a late scratch. … Bergeron is the 41st NHL player to score 1,000 points with a team. …Bruins defender Charlie McAvoy had two assists and has eight assists in a four-game points streak. … Pastrnak has 10 points (four goals, six assists) during a seven-game scoring streak. …Maroon had two assists.