TAMPA, Fla. -- Boston generated offense from untapped sources and the Tampa Bay Lightning generated almost none at all on Saturday as the Bruins rolled 5-0 at Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Three Bruins scored their first goals of the season and another his second as their defensive-minded approach kept grinding out opportunities. With four goals by the end of the second period, Boston had forced the ouster of Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, who entered among the league elite with five wins and a 1.57 goals-against average.
Boston improved to 4-2-0 and swept its two-game jaunt through Florida with its biggest scoring output of the season. The Lightning had a two-game win streak ended in falling to 5-3-0. The Lightning had not been shut out this season and was averaging 3.7 goals per game.
Tampa Bay outshot Boston 23-22 but was never able to establish its speed or utilize its prowess, making for a mostly uneventful night for Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. He was equal to his top challenge, gloving an attempted tip-in from two-time goal-scoring champion Steven Stamkos with 11:21 left.
Boston took a 1-0 lead on its first shot of the game with just one minute, 32 seconds elapsed as David Krejci fired his first goal of the season past Bishop.
The center appeared to push Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman past the crease as he prepared to take Milan Lucic's crossing pass from the left wing.
Lightning defenseman Sami Salo also failed to poke away the pass as it reached Krejci cleanly. Jarome Iginla earned an assist on the play.
Adam McQuaid improved the Boston lead to 2-0 with 15:23 left in the second period by blasting his first goal of the season from the high point and through an Iginla screen of Bishop.
Patrice Bergeron turned a neutral zone turnover into a 3-0 lead with 5:08 left in the second period as he fought off Ryan Malone to poke Reilly Smith's feed through Bishop's pads. The goal was Bergeron's second this season.
Chris Kelly gave Boston a 4-0 bulge about a minute later by slipping past Hedman to fire in his third goal of the season. Marchand and Carl Soderberg each picked up their first assists. The goal was Kelly's third.
Shawn Thornton scored his first of the season just 34 seconds into the third period for a 5-0 lead. Daniel Paille earned his first assist.
NOTES: Lightning G Bishop had not allowed more than two goals in a game in his previous five starts this season. He was removed for G Anders Lindback after allowing his fourth with 4:13 left in the second period. ... Boston C Carl Soderberg made his season debut, joining a third line with C Chris Kelly and LW Brad Marchand. The 28-year-old Swede had not played since injuring an ankle in Boston's final preseason game Sept. 27. With the Bruins carrying 13 forwards on their roster, RW Jordan Caron (one point) was a healthy scratch Saturday. ... Lightning C Valterri Filppula (six points) played after missing practice Friday. His offensive-zone giveaway led to Minnesota's only goal in a 3-1 Lighting win Thursday. ... Boston is one of just two teams to beat Tampa Bay this season.