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Krejci Scores Twice In Bruins' Victory

Boston left wing Mllan Lucic, rear, shoots the puck past Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith during the second period of the game in Boston on Thursday.(AP)
Boston left wing Mllan Lucic, rear, shoots the puck past Tampa Bay goalie Mike Smith during the second period of the game in Boston on Thursday.(AP)

David Krejci had two goals and an assist and Marc Savard returned to the Boston lineup, helping the Bruins rout the Tampa Bay Lightning 8-1 on Thursday night.

Savard made his season debut after missing 23 games because of post-concussion syndrome, while Bruins goalie Tim Thomas made 37 saves to improve to 13-2-1.

Milan Lucic, Dennis Seidenberg, Shawn Thornton, Michael Ryder, Mark Recchi and Blake Wheeler added goals in Boston's highest-scoring game of the season. Victor Hedman scored for Tampa Bay.

Steven Stamkos, tied for the NHL goals lead with Sidney Crosby with 21, was held without a goal for his fourth straight game. Stamkos and Martin St. Louis had combined for seven goals and seven assists in their last four games against Boston.

Krejci opened the scoring at 10:52 of the first period, rushing up the left wing and wristing a shot past goalie Mike Smith. It was Krejci's first goal since Oct. 30.

Seidenberg made it 2-0 with his first goal of the season. He fired a slap shot from just inside the red line that beat a stunned Smith with 20 seconds remaining in the first period.

Lucic made it 3-0 at 6:48 of the second, before Hedman got Tampa Bay on the board when he converted a nifty feed from Ryan Malone and ended another shutout streak by Thomas at 15:14 of the second. Thomas shut out Philadelphia on Wednesday night and leads the NHL with five.

Shawn Thornton made it 4-1 after two, and Krejci, Ryder, Recchi and Wheeler scored in the third.

Smith was pulled after giving up five goals on 21 shots and replaced by Dan Ellis.

This program aired on December 3, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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