The Tampa Bay Lightning extended the Eastern Conference Finals to Game 7 with their 5-4 win Wednesday night against the Boston Bruins. The Bruins had led 2-1 in the second period and the Lightning, led by their power play, tied the game and took the lead to never look back. What did we learn?
Number Five- Milan Lucic
Milan Lucic scored the Bruins first goal of the game and his first goal of the series. Lucic has been struggling this series, I think everyone knows that, but last game he seemed to have gotten it back together a little. He made the terrific pass to Nathan Horton to tie the game in Game 5.
This goal started off with a terrific passing cycle and Lucic was then able to use Victor Hedman as a screen when he shot from just in front of the blue line. Dwayne Roloson did not have a chance at the puck in the top glove hand corner.
Number Four- Martin St.Louis
The Lightning were able to tie the game at the 12:05 mark on their first power play of the night. Dennis Seidenberg was sent to the box and Martin St.Louis took advantage. He was left with a wide open net as Tim Thomas tried to play the shot on the left side of the cage but it popped over to the front of the goal. St.Louis was able to execute and tie the game. St.Louis would score another goal to essentially put the Bruins away.
Number Three- David Krejci
Roloson was beaten top glove side once again when David Krejci scored after receiving a pass from Daniel Paille. The goal was scored with 3:30 left in the first period to give Boston the lead. The Lighting finished the last twelve minutes of the period without a shot on net.
10:14 the Bruins scored on the stick of Krejci on the 4-on-4. Horton made the pass from the half wall and Krejci was parked in front of the crease and was ready to put it away.
But less than 45 seconds later the Lightning came down the ice and scored. On a two-on-one St.Louis put the puck in the net after Andrew Ference came off his man.
The Bruins scored with 6:42 left to make it a one goal game. It was Krejci’s second goal of the game and he was standing in front of the crease. Once the Bruins throw the puck to the net, they score. This completed Krejci’s hat trick. He now leads the playoffs with 10 goals after scoring 13 in the regular season.
Number Two- Teddy Purcell
Teddy Purcell scored at the 35 second mark of the game. Johnny Boychuk appeared to have screened Thomas. The goal not only put the Lightning up in the game but it prevented the Bruins from going ahead early, which the Bruins succeed in. This allowed Tampa Bay to play their game early on.
Teddy Purcell scored again for Tampa Bay to give them the lead. It was a power play goal.
Number One- Bruins Power Play
The Bruins were victim of yet another terrible power play at the start of the second period. Claude Julien decided to take Tyler Seguin off the unit and replaced him with Mark Recchi.
The Lightning scored their third power play goal on the night, this one going to Steven Stamkos. Eric Brewer made the pass from the blueline and the young superstar was able to execute. Unlike the Bruins power play, and that is why the Lightning are in this series still.
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