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Lightning jump on Bruins early, cruise 6-1

12:30 AM, Mar 14, 2012   |    comments
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos scored twice to reach 50 goals this season, and the Tampa Bay Lightning jumped out to a big early lead and beat the Boston Bruins 6-1 on Tuesday night. 

Tampa Bay scored three times in the first five minutes and coasted from there to help rookie goalie Dustin Tokarski earn his first NHL victory. 

His teammates made it easy for Tokarski, as Tom Pyatt, Nate Thompson and Ryan Shannon scored quickly to ruin Marty Turco's first start as Boston's backup goalie. The Stanley Cup champions have lost three straight for the first time since late October and were limited to two shots in the opening period, 34 overall. 

Stamkos scored his 49th goal in the second period and added his NHL-best 50th at 11:43 of the third to move into a tie for the league scoring lead with Evgeni Malkin with 84 points.

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Associated Press

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