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NHL Network presents: Game 4 2011 ECF: Bruins vs. Lightning

Thursday, 09.01.2011 / 12:00 AM / NHL Network

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NHL Network presents: Game 4 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.


After the first period of Game 4 in Tampa Bay, it appeared the Bruins had taken complete control of the Eastern Conference Finals. After a 2-0 win in Game 3 gave them the edge in the series, they stormed out to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes of play in Game 4, seemingly well on their way back to Boston with a dominant 3-1 series advantage. But if the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs proved anything, it's that no lead is safe.

The Lightning answered Boston’s three-goal first period with a three-spot of their own in the second. In a span of just 3:58 and on a total of only five shots, the Bolts tied the game at 3-3 as Teddy Purcell scored twice and Sean Bergenheim followed with his League-leading ninth goal of the postseason at 10:53 of the period. The game remained tied until 6:54 of the third, when a familiar Bruins foe struck again. Simon Gagne took a deflected pass from Ryan Malone in front of the net and slipped the puck under Tim Thomas for the eventual game-winner. This was the second year in a row that Gagne scored a clutch goal against the B’s, having notched the game-winner that completed Philadelphia's historic comeback from three games down and three goals down in Game 7 of the second round against Boston in 2010.
 
After Gagne gave Tampa Bay its first lead of the game at 4-3, backup netminder Mike Smith held the fort in goal and Martin St. Louis scored an empty-netter to seal a 5-3 victory for the Lightning, evening the series at two games apiece. Smith earned his first career playoff victory as he relieved Dwayne Roloson and stopped all 21 shots he faced. Roloson, who yielded three goals on nine shots, was pulled for the second time in three games after Patrice Bergeron made it 3-0 with a short-handed goal late in the first, his second tally of the period.

That goal by Bergeron was Boston’s last of the night, as Tampa Bay took over from there and once again showed that to win a Stanley Cup Playoff game, a full 60-minute effort is needed. The Lightning became the third team in the 2011 playoffs to come back from a deficit of three or more goals to win -- the San Jose Sharks and Washington Capitals each accomplished the feat in the first round.

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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