Boston Bruins defeat Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-1

Crafty center Marc Savard, the Bruins’ top point producer, officially added to his bounty yesterday by tacking a string of eight numbers and a dollar sign next to his career production totals with a seven-year, $28.05 million contract extension beginning in 2010-11.

The Globe reported yesterday that Savard, 32, was poised to sign the deal, and the club announced the extension yesterday afternoon. General manager Peter Chiarelli and Savard, who signed here as a free agen...

Marco Sturm recorded his first multi-goal game of the season, putting two of his nine shots behind Mike Smith to lead the Bruins to a 4-1 win.

"He's a heck of a player," said Mark Recchi (three assists). "He's a great two-way hockey player. He skates great. When he gets some confidence, you can see it. It's nice to see that."

Tim Thomas stopped 39 of 40 shots, making his best save on Jeff Halpern in the first period. Thomas dove to his left to foil Halpern.


Marco Sturm is used to putting pucks on net. On Nov. 5 against Montreal, he blasted seven shots on Carey Price. On Oct. 12, he ripped off five on Colorado’s Craig Anderson.

Sturm, however, has had a history of seeing quality scoring chances turn into nothing. The legs have been good. He has driven to the net. But too often, as in those shooting-gallery games against Montreal and Colorado, a snakebitten Sturm has come back with only zeros.

That wasn’t the case last ni...