Stamkos reaches 50 goals … oh yeah, Bruins lose too

Stamkos/By S. Bradley

Tampa Bay superstar forward Steven Stamkos became just the sixth player in NHL history to record more than one 50-goal season before his 23rd birthday tonight, as he found the back of the net to reach the magic 5-0.

Victor Hedman added one goal and one assist, and Brian Lee registered two assists in a 6-1 rout in Tampa against a team that reportedly was the Bruins. You’d be forgiven if you didn’t believe those reports.

The Lightning won the shot battle 10-2 in the first and took a 4-0 lead to the first intermission. That forced a goaltender carousel by the would-be Bruins, who started with Marty Turco and then finished with Turco with a little Tim Thomas mixed in the middle.

Jordan Caron scored the Bruins’ lone goal. Tyler Seguin and Andrew Ference were both minus-4.

The Bruins’ lead on Ottawa for the Northeast Division lead is just two points with only one game in hand now. What was once a forgone conclusion — the division title and No. 2 seed in the East — has turned into something the Bruins are going to have to battle for over the season’s final 13 games.

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