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NHL: Tampa Bay 6, Boston 1

March 13, 2012 at 10:38 PM   |   Comments

TAMPA, Fla., March 13 (UPI) -- Steven Stamkos scored his 49th and 50th goals of the season Tuesday, powering the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 6-1 thrashing of slumping Boston.

Stamkos, the NHL's leading goal-scorer, became the first player to reach 50 this season as the Lightning found the net three times within the game's first 4 1/2 minutes.

Ryan Shannon, Nate Thompson and Tom Pyatt got the early tallies and Tampa Bay went on to snap a three-game skid.

Dustin Tokarski turned aside 33-of-34 shots to collect his first NHL victory.

The Bruins pulled Marty Turco after he allowed three goals on six shots, but he later re-entered the contest after Tim Thomas was touched for a pair of goals on five shots.

Turco stopped 8-of-12 shots for the game.

Jordan Caron netted the lone tally as Boston dropped its third straight and fifth in seven contests.

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