The Boston Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead on the series. David Krejci score 1:09 into the first period and then Boston never looked back.
The Bruins take a 2-1 series lead into Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals, which takes place Saturday afternoon in Tampa.
No.5 – Andrew Ference’s Goal
Ference’s second tally of the postseason at 8:12 of the third period — originally credited to Tyler Seguin — gave the Bruins some breathing room and a huge 2-0 lead.
No. 4- Patrice Bergeron
Bergeron did not look like a player who returned from a concussion. In fact, he was one of the Bruins best players. He was flying up and down the ice for Boston and he got Brad Marchand more involved.
I always worried about Brad Marchand without Bergeron on that line and he did suffer alone with Mark Recchi on that line. Marchand looked more involved Thursday mainly due to Bergeron’s success at the faceoff circle — going 18-10 at the dot.
No. 3 – Krejci’s Tally
The Bruins scored 1:09 into the game on the stick of David Krejci and boy are they a different team with a lead. Statistically the best five-on-five team in the league, the Bruins want a game that goes at their pace.
No.2 – Defense
The Boston defense was pretty lackluster in the first two games of the series, giving up 10 goals. Dennis Seidenberg, Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk looked lazy and slow on many plays, but that was not the case in Game 3.
The defense blocked shots, played physical and just stopped the Lightning in their tracks. Steven Stamkos, Martin St.Louis and Vincent Lecavalier were all shut down.
This is how the Bruins will have success going forward. They will not win in a shootout (no pun intended) like the did in Game 2; that is Tampa’s style. If Boston continues this defense and lull the Lightning to sleep.
No. 1 – Tim Thomas
Thomas has this little streak here on these posts, with good reason: He has been in every one of them. All 14 of them.
Thomas, who should easily win the Vezina trophy for the second time in his career, has carried that momentum over from being the best regular season goalie to becoming the postseason netminder. Tampa goalie Dwayne Roloson had that distinction before this series, but the Bruins have been able to expose him.
Thomas stood on his head, stopping all 31 Tampa shots in Game 3.