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The Boston Bruins broke the Lightning's four-game winning streak on Thursday with a 5-4 win.


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The Bruins jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period, but the Bolts tried to come back and came close.


Antero Niittymaki stopped 17 shots, but it was the four that got past him in the first period that led to him being replaced by Mike Smith in the second period. Smith gave up a goal in the second period to give the Bruins a 5-0 lead.


But Martin St. Louis and Steve Downie each had a pair of goals for the Lightning as they struggled to come back in the second and third periods. St. Louis scored on a backhand shot at 16:10 in the second period and scored again just under three minutes later on the power play. In the third period Downie netted a pair of goals.


On Saturday, the New York Islanders handed the Lightning their second straight defeat, a 5-4 loss.


Steven Stamkos scored in the first period after New York jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Mike Lundin put the Bolts on top 2-1 with a goal as the first period came to a close, but the Islanders tied it 2-2. Then Nate Thompson found the net to make it 3-2 Lightning.


But within a minute, the Islander scored two goals for a 4-3 lead at the end of the second period.


Steve Downie tied the game at 4-4, but the Islanders found the back of the net again with just over two minutes left in the game, but the Bolts failed to score.


On Sunday, the Lighting took a 2-0 lead into the second period, but couldn't hold it and ended up losing 5-2 to the New York Rangers.


Steven Stamkos scored 15:33 in the first period, and two minutes later helped Steve Downie score for the 2-0 lead.


But the Rangers woke up in the second period and started scoring goals against Mike Smith, ending up with four in the second period and one in the final period with 15 seconds left to ice the victory.


The Lightning will be off until March 2, when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at home.


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