The Boston Bruins lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday afternoon to knot the Eastern Conference Finals at 2. The Bruins held a 3-0 lead after the first period before ultimately losing it. What happened?
Number Five- Teddy Purcell
The Lightning scored 7:55 into the second period after the Bruins failed to get the puck out of their defensive end. Teddy Purcell backhanded the puck past Thomas after he inflicted a turn over. Thomas failed to identify where the pressure was coming from behind the net and had to wait until Zdeno Chara came up. Tampa Bay centered the puck and Thomas was too far out of the net to make the save on the outer part of the net.
8:52 in Purcell scored his second one on a rocket shot past Thomas’ glove hand. Thomas never saw the puck as two Bruins stood in front of his view. The Lightning cycled the puck around as the Bruins lazily stood in front of the net, creating Tampa’s traffic for them.
Number Four- Mike Smith
Dwayne Roloson was pulled after Patrice Bergeron’s second goal and the Bruins looked like they would rout. Mike Smith replaced Roloson in the net and the tide changed for the Bolts. Smith also performed well after Roloson was pulled in game two. While the Bruins may have found a weakness in Roloson, the Lightning may have found a strength in Smith.
Number Three- Patrice Bergeron
Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston at 12:50 of the first after Brett Clark has a turn over behind the net. Bruins seem more energetic now and they can ply their style. Hedman made the initial pass that Clark could not handle and Bergeron was right there waiting for it.
Bergeron scored another one after forcing a penalty kill turn over. Dennis Seidenberg took a penalty for holding the stick of Steven Stamkos just seconds after the Ryder goal. The Bruins cleared their defensive zone and Bergeron forced the turn over, and after he beat Roloson five hole. Roloson was then pulled in favor of Mike Smith.
Number Two- Sean Bergenheim’s Goal
11:53 Sean Bergenheim scores to tie the game. Thomas allowed the puck to go through his legs in what can be questioned as a softer goal. The defense was no where to be seen so this could be debated, however in my opinion I think it could have been saved. This was also Bergenheim’s ninth goal of the playoffs to lead the NHL.
Number One- Simon Gagne’s Goal
The Tampa Bay Lightning scored a goal to seal the game at the 6:54 mark off of the stick of Simon Gagne to seal the game. Gagne is the one who scored the overtime goal for the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Four of last season’s Bruins epic collapse.