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Tampa Bay vs. Boston Game 2 live blog

By Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor

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Tampa Bay vs. Boston Game 2 live blog
Shawn Roarke blogs live from the TD Garden on Boston for Game 2 of the Bruins-Lightning Eastern Conference Finals.
20:00 Boston made it to the finish line, but they were staggering when they got there, winning 6-5. Tampa dominated third period and Tim Thomas had to be stellar to keep them from tying game. What a game! See you Thursday in Tampa Bay.

Tim Thomas may be having the best five-goals allowed game of his life. What a sick save he just made on a wrister by Marc-Andre bergeron that was ticketed for the top shelf. Bergeron threw his stick in the air after a sprawling Thomas smothered it to his chest.

Buckle your seat belt. Timeout did not work. Dom Moore just scored on as crazy a sequence as you wiLl ever see. Tampa bay thought they had scored but play continued and then Moore jammed home the rebound of a Vinny Lecavalier shot, but that was reviewed. The first goal did not count as puck rolled along goal line, but never over. Second goal did count and now things are interesting. Lec avalier has 4 points. Goal, TAM 5-6

Boston killed that penalty, but it wasn't easy. PK guys will need a breather. TB had three shots on net and had several other go just wide. It was white-knuckle time for Boston. Claude Julien calls his timeout, in fact, to give Dave Krejci and others a bit of rest. Neither team has a timeout left now.

Vinny Lecavalier has sick skill. He just proved it a few seconds ago, making three absolutly dope stickhandling moves before passing puck to Marty St. Louis and then  receiving the puck back and almost beating Tim Thomas. A few seconds later, Nathan Horton took a penalty for elbowing and dangerous Tampa PP is back at it. Still a game here.

Lost in the building hype about that Tyler Seguin kid is the bounce-back night Steven Stamkos is having. He just scored to once again make things interesting, sannping a shot Past Tim Thomas. Plus, he has two assists tonight, figuring on three of tampa's four goals. Struggled mightily in past few games. Goal TAM 4-6

Well, That won't help with the comeback. In the first minute of third, Dom Moore takes an interference penalty in neutral zone. Now, suddenly hot PP for Boston (2 for 4 tonight) gets a crack at ice-cold goalie Mike Smith, who replaced Dwayne Roloson to start period.

Start of third

End of second period, BOS 6, TAM 3; Shots, BOS 27, TAM 26

Who would have expected this? Perhaps the two most defensive-minded teams in the playoffs are involved in a game that features nine goals after 40 minutes. Dwayne Roloson, the best goalie this postseason, allowed 5 goals on 9 shots in second period  and has allowed 6 on 27 shots overall. Tyler Seguin, not good enough to play in the first two rounds, has 4 points tonight in just his second-ever playoff appearance. Saturday night, in his first paperance, he had a goal and an assist. Boston's power-play, dormant for 12 games, scores a pair of PP goals against a team that was 42-for-42 on the road before Seguin scored in the first to tie the game. Hockey sure is a tough game to figure out at times.

Boston may have to reavaluate its top line after this game because the Michael Ryder-Chris kelly_Tyler Seguin line is tearing it up. Ryder just scored again, his second in less than four minutes -- and it was assisted by both Kelly and Seguin, who now has 4 points on the night. Boston amazingly has scored 5 goals on just 9 shots in this period. Goal BOS 6-3

Claude Julien finally relented and put Tyler Seguin on the power play. What happened? You know what happened? The Bruins scored. No, Seguin didn't score the goal. He only earned the primary assist. It was his 1-timer that set things in motion. Roloson stopped it but left a juicy rebound that Michael Ryder roofed, on the backhand, into the net. That gives Boston two power-play goals in this game, which is double the amount they had in the first 12 games of the postseason. Seguin has three points. Goal, BOS, 5-3.

Great pace to this period. Boston killed the penalty to Zdeno Chara without many scares -- although Tim Thomas made a nifty save on Marc-Andre Bergeron slapper through traffic -- and game has settled into a back-and-forth affair. Boston only has 5 shots this period, altho a few have been dangerous. Tyler Seguin just had a rising slapper that went high and missed net, but it looked like RolOson was having trouble tracking it. 

Bruins are flirting with disaster here. Zdeno Chara just took a tripping penalty in the neutral zone, knocking down Steven Stamkos. Looked like Stamkos might have a break if not for Chara's intervention, but now Boston has to kill off a huge penalty after the PK disaster on the last one.

Tampa Bay is not going anywhere, it seems. Veteran Mark Recchi committed an ill-advised penalty -- cross-checking a Lightning player near Tim Thomas' crease. After winning the draw against Greg Campbell, Lecavalier drifted back to the point and was in perfect position to receive a feed from Marty St. Louis, which he immediately hammered past Thomas. Just a matter of time before Tampa Bay's dangerous PP unit struck. It has a goal in each game of this series now. Goal, TAM 3-4

Wow. Tyler Seguin scores his second of the night and third in two games. To say he is feeling it is an understaement. This showing should get him some PP time for sure. This place is on fire and Tampa Bay does not have its timeout. It should be noted that the whole sequence started with Tim Thomas making a huge sprawling save on a Ryan Malone breakaway that came on a trnasition off a blocked shot by Tampa Bay. Thomas saved Boston's goose there and then Seguin repaid him in best possible way. Goal, BOS 4-2

The Bruins have certainly passed the mental toughness test. David krejci has just scored -- on a sick give-and-go passing play with Dennis Seidenberg -- to give Boston its first lead of the series. Boston has two goals on its first three shots of this perriod to strip some of the veneer of invincibility away from Dwayne Roloson. Goal, BOS 3-2

Two periods; two first-minute goals. This time, it is Boston rookie Tyler Seguin striking before the end of the ffirst minute. Tim Thomas made a huge save before the goal and then a few seconds later, Michael Ryder hit Seguin in stride. The rookie split the D and scored with a nice move on Dwayne Roloson, a goal eerily similar to the one he scored in first periood of Game 1. Ryder and he certainly have chemistry. Goal, BOS 2-2.

Start of second period

End of first, TAM 1, BOS 0; Shots, TAM 11, BOS 18

And, that ends the first period. Despite being down 2-1, Boston has to like the pace the first period was played at. The Bruins repeatedly had Tampa Bay under duress in that period and have found some ideas in the offensive zone that may work against this Tampa team. They just can't lose any of the effort because of the late goal and its inevitable aftershocks.

After dominating the entire period, except for the first 13 seconds, Boston gives up a back-breaking goal in the final seven seconds of the period. Steven Stamkos Gained the zone, totally against the run of play, and did a spin-o-rama in the corner before flinging a blind backhand pass that hit off the stick of Marty St. Louis and then the body of BostoN defenseman Johnny Boychuk before getting past a stunned Tim Thomas. Bostojn certainly deserved a better fate this period, but tampa is nothing if not opportunistic. Goal, TAM 2-1

A unhappy Zdeno Chara is not a pretty sight. Chara was enraged when Steve Downie made an extra puck at a puck that Tim Thomas had covered and they had a rather nasty exchange. Both went off for roughing after some face washes on both sides, but the potential for more was apparent throughout the confrontation.

After a long wait, Boston finally got a power-play goal, but it did not come easy. Nathan Horton scored on the final second of Tampa Bay's third penalty in a six-minute span, tipping a lethal slapper from Dennis Seidenberg past Dwayne Roloson. Just a minute earlier, Boston had several chances on a 5-on-3 but were stoned. Things were starting to look desperate for Boston, which has dominated the first 14 minutes. Shots are 16-5 now. By the way, that was the first road power-play goal in 43 tries that Tampa Bay has allowed. Boston is still just 3-for-43 on power-play tries this spring. Goal, BOS 1-1

Now it is a 5-on-3 for 82 seconds as Adam Hall gets over-aggressive clearing people from around his goalie and takes a roughing penalty.

Boston just keeps coming, but can't solve Roloson yet. But, they have to be encouraged as their committment to quick movement around the perimeter of the offensive zone is paying dividends. Tampa just took another penalty. Will Tyler Seguin see more time on this one. By the way, Tampa has yet to allow a power-play goal on the road this postseason.

Bruins continue to get pressure and now have a penalty, although that may not be a good thing -- considering team is 2-for-41 this postseason. Malone took the penalty, in the offensive zone, for coming up high on Dennis Seidenberg, who had just made a colassal turnover in his own end.

The Bruins are back in this game. After the experation of the penalties, Boston cycled for more than a minute, bombing away from the points and tracking down the loose pucks before Tampa Bay iced the puck for relief. Tampa had to take its timeout just to get the players on the ice ready for the faceoff. It's the second time this series that Guy Boucher has used his timeout in the first period.

Dennis Seidenberg just took a dangerous slapper, but Dwayne roloson flashed a quick glove and nabbed it, causing Seidenberg to look to the heavens. The good news is that there was traffic in front when he took the shot. the better news is it came while the teams were playing 4-on-4 because Andrew Ference angered the Lightning b y drioving hard to the net and snowing Roloson.

This was not the start Boston wanted, allowing a goal in the first minute. It was not a good goal either. On the game's first rush, Vinny Lecavalier missed the net with a shot from the top of the left circle, but the puck bounced right to Adam Hall on the right side of the net and the forward shoveled home the puck from a bad angle before an over-aggressive Tim Thomas could get back into the play. It was Hall's first goal of the postseason and the quickest ever in Tampa Bay history. Lightning are 8-0 this postseason when scoring first. Goal, TBL 1-0

7:42 p.m.
The Bruins have some big guns in the karma department tonight. Johnny Bucyk is the honorary captain for the night, starting the flag-passing ceremony in the stands that has become quite the rage this spring. The Chief is one of the most famous of all Bruins and is still around the team a ton on a day-to-day basis, one of the main links back to old-time Bruins hockey. Plus, Marc Savard is also here. Savard has not been here for a game since shutting down his season almost four months ago because of the post-concussion issues. Each should providfe a boost to the Bruins in their own way.

7:30 p.m.
After raising hopes that Patrice Bergeron could play, the center did not take the ice for game 2. This morning, Boston coach Claude Julien said that if Bergeron tooK warmups, he would play. Bergeron, who skated at practice this morning, his fourth-straight day on the ice, is not out for warmups, meaning he won't play. Milan Lucic, who mIssed the morning skate and was seen limping out of the Garden around noon, is out there and does not look overly hampered.

7:11 p.m.
Welcome to TD Garden for Game 2, which starts in about an hour. Warmups have not yet begun, which is when we find out if Patrice Bergeron will play. If he takes warmups, Claude Julien said this morning that Bergeron would be in the game. That, too, could be further gamemanship by a coach that doesn't like to forfeit any potential edge he might have. Unfortunately, it isn't much of an edge as the Lightning have already been down this road. In Round 1, the Pittsburgh Penguins were without Sidney Crosby, who was coming back from a concussion. Each day, there would be speculation about Crosby's return and each day, Tamapa Bay would just assume Crosby was coming back and go about their business before winning the series in Game 7. An appearance by Bergeron in this game -- or his continued absence -- won't faze the Lightning in the least.
Quote of the Day

It's obviously not fun to not know, but on the other hand, I'm not in a rush. I'm going to be back to 100 percent before I start playing. I'm not going to play on 90 percent.

— Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom in an interview with Washington Post about whether he will be able to play in 2015-16 opener