So much for that tight-checking series the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins were expected to play.
The teams matched the most goals scored in a game this spring in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday, with the Bruins getting five in the second period and hanging on for a series-tying 6-5 victory. Tyler Seguin, the No. 2 pick at the 2010 Entry Draft, became just the 14th player in NHL history to have four points in a period -- he had 2 goals and 2 assists as Boston scored five times on nine shots.
The victory evened the series at one win apiece as the teams head south for Game 3 at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa on Thursday (8 p.m. ET, Versus, TSN, RDS).
The Western Conference Finals resume Wednesday, with Vancouver trying to take a 2-0 series lead against San Jose in front of another packed house at Rogers Arena (9 p.m. ET, Versus, CBC, RDS).
In the meantime, here's your daily NHL.com Reading List, a set of quick links to some of the stories you won't want to miss:
Seguin's worth the wait
Tyler Seguin spent the first two rounds of his first Stanley Cup Playoffs watching from the press box. Boston coach Claude Julien was trying to shelter his prized rookie after he struggled for much of the regular season. But Seguin must have learned his lessons well, because as Shawn P. Roarke writes, he's delivered big-time when the Bruins were forced to use him after Patrice Bergeron went down with a concussion in Game 4 of the previous round.
Ryder content with supporting role
On another night -- probably most nights during the playoffs -- a night like Michael Ryder's would have earned him the game's first star. But as Shawn P. Roarke reports, Tyler Seguin's big night in Boston's 6-5 win in Game 2 relegated Ryder (2 goals, 1 assist) to the role of supporting actor. He didn't mind a bit.
Stamkos: We have to play our game
Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos had a good offensive night in Game 2, with a goal and a pair of assists, but it wasn't enough. After the game, Stamkos told the media, including Corey Masisak, that the Lightning have to stick to their structure to win, rather that play pond hockey with the Bruins.
Canucks need 'O' from 'D'
One of the keys to the Vancouver Canucks' success in the playoffs has been getting offense from their defensive corps, one of the most mobile in the NHL. Dhiren Mahiban reports from Vancouver that the Canucks are hoping for a reprise of Game 1's effort when the Canucks host San Jose in Game 2.
Sharks have to be a little bit better
San Jose coach Todd McLellan says his team doesn't have to be a lot better in Game 2 than it was in Game 1. Dan Rosen writes that while both teams need to make adjustments, McLellan told his players they just have to be "one percent better" -- and that the one percent has to do with strength, an area in which Vancouver dominated in Game 1.