Bruins Beat Atlantic Division Foe Tampa Bay Tuesday, 2-1

By Erik Erlendsson

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brad Marchand and the NHL-leading Boston Bruins took a big stride toward winning the Atlantic Division with a 2-1 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night.

Marchand and Jake DeBrusk scored for the Bruins, who opened a nine-point cushion over second-place Tampa Bay with 15 games remaining. Marchand, who has points in 10 consecutive games, played a season-low 14:36 after a bout with food poisoning in the morning.

Tuukka Rask made 20 saves for Boston, which has won three straight and eight of 10, allowing one goal in the past two games.

“The further the season goes and as you get into the playoffs, you’re going to need that solid team defense,” Rask said. “In the playoffs you’re not going to win 6-5 or 5-4, it’s going to be tight-scoring games. I think we’ve gotten used to that this year.’’

Mitchell Stephens scored for Tampa Bay, which has lost five of the past six in regulation. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 33 shots.

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