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NHL: Boston 5, Tampa Bay 2

March 27, 2012 at 11:06 PM

BOSTON, March 27 (UPI) -- Benoit Pouliot's score ignited a three-goal third-period outburst Tuesday that carried the Boston Bruins to a 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay.

Pouliot's tally with 9 1/2 minutes left in the game broke a 2-2 tie and opened the floodgates for the Bruins, who followed with goals from Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley to put the contest away.

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Shawn Thornton and Dennis Seidenberg also scored while Zdeno Chara had three assists for Northeast Division-leading Boston, which won its third straight.

Tim Thomas made 16 stops for the Bruins.

Steven Stamkos scored twice for the Lightning, giving him an NHL-best 55 goals for the season.

Tampa Bay's Dwayne Roloson yielded four goals on 37 shots.

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