TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Vincent Lecavalier had two goals and an assist, helping the Tampa Bay Lightning stop a six-game losing skid with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

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

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.

Lecavalier stole an errant pass by Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara deep in the Bruins zone. After goalie Tim Thomas stopped Lecavalier’s first shot, the Lightning center 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, including a low slot shot by Vladimir Sobotka.

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

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.

Notes: The Lightning have had two six-game losing streaks this season. … Boston C Marc 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.

AP-ES-12-01-07 2212EST


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