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NHL Network presents: Game 3 2011 ECF: Bruins vs. Lightning

Wednesday, 08.31.2011 / 12:00 AM / NHL Network

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NHL Network presents: Game 3 2011 ECF: Bruins vs. Lightning
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.
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.


Although the Lightning and Bruins were considered authorities on defense, the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals showcased an astounding 18 goals, as each club came away with a victory. In Game 3, the series not only had a different setting in Tampa Bay, but it also featured a much tighter style of play that produced a low-scoring affair.

The B's were able to dictate the pace from the onset, taking an early 1-0 lead on David Krejci's tally just 1:09 into the contest. The goal ended a streak for the Bolts, as not only had they scored first in each of the two games in Boston, but they also had struck first in each of their last seven games. The Bruins were looking to maintain a streak of their own, as they hadn't lost in the postseason to that point when opening the scoring.
 
After a scoreless second period, Andrew Ference extended Boston's lead midway through the third with his second goal of the playoffs. The 2-0 advantage was more than enough for Tim Thomas on this night, as he bounced back in a big way after surrendering nine goals over the first two games. The Bruins' netminder stopped all 31 shots he faced -- including 15 in the final period -- to record his second career postseason shutout, and his first of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 2-0 win gave Boston a 2-1 series edge and maintained its undefeated record when scoring first this postseason. Krejci, who notched his fourth game-winning goal of these playoffs, tied the single-season franchise mark held by Cam Neely.

2011 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS REPLAY SCHEDULE
DATE TIME GAME
Mon, Aug 29 8 p.m. ET EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: LIGHTNING @ BRUINS, Game 1
Tue, Aug 30
8 p.m. ET
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: LIGHTNING @ BRUINS, Game 2
Wed, Aug 31
8 p.m. ET
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: BRUINS @ LIGHTNING, Game 3
Thu, SEP 1
8 p.m. ET
EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: BRUINS @ LIGHTNING, Game 4
Fri, SEP 2 8 p.m. ET EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: LIGHTNING @ BRUINS, Game 5
Sat, SEP 3 8 p.m. ET EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: BRUINS @ LIGHTNING, Game 6
SUN, SEP 4 8 p.m. ET EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: LIGHTNING @ BRUINS, Game 7

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