All summer long, NHL Network will be replaying the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs -- from every jaw-dropping goal to every highlight-reel save to every crushing defeat.
Each game of the postseason -- spanning the more than two-month period from the opening round to Boston's Game 7 clincher of the Stanley Cup Final -- will be shown on the Network throughout the offseason.
Fans can tune in at 8 p.m. ET nightly for a different game -- and different chance to re-live history. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com.
The Bruins had already proved they could overcome losing the first two games of a series at home earlier in the 2011 playoffs when they eliminated the Montreal Canadiens in the first round. But they certainly did not want to be faced with the same daunting challenge in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Lightning. In order to avoid that, the B’s needed to bounce back from a sound defeat in the series opener and win Game 2 at TD Garden.
Amid all that pressure, it was a 19-year-old rookie in just his second playoff game who shined the brightest for Boston. With the Bruins trailing 2-1 after one period, Tyler Seguin tallied four points in the second period -- scoring two beautiful goals and assisting on a pair by Michael Ryder -- as Boston posted five goals in the period to take a commanding 6-3 lead after 40 minutes. Seguin, who had just 11 goals and 22 points in the regular season, became the first teenager to score four points in a playoff game since Vancouver's Trevor Linden did it against Calgary in 1989.
Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson, who had a League-best 2.04 goals-against average heading into the game, allowed six goals on 27 shots and was pulled after two periods. It was the first time in 13 postseason games that Tampa Bay had allowed more than three goals in a game. The B’s couldn’t simply cruise to victory though, as goals by Steven Stamkos and Dominic Moore in the third cut their lead to just one. Tim Thomas, who finished with 36 saves, then had to make critical stops against Vincent Lecavalier and Marc-Andre Bergeron in the final few minutes to preserve the victory. The Bolts had their eight-game winning streak halted as the Bruins succeeded in avoiding a 2-0 series deficit, hanging on for a 6-5 win as the series now shifted to the Sunshine State for Games 3 and 4.
Ryder’s goal with 19 seconds left in the second proved to be the game-winner, but the night belonged to Seguin, who had the crowd chanting his name and had the players on the Boston bench caught up in the moment. Having not suited up at all in the first two rounds, Seguin cracked the lineup in Game 1 of the conference finals only because Patrice Bergeron was sidelined with a concussion. In that game, he quietly scored his first career playoff goal on his first shot, perhaps foreshadowing his magical Game 2, where he became Boston’s newest star.