-- With Boston's power play mired in an almost unfathomable slump throughout the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Boston has had to find other ways to win.
As often as not it has been the deadly one-two punch of the brilliance of goalie Tim Thomas
and an unwavering five-man commitment to defense. But in this round, it has been the penalty kill that has allowed Boston to survive against the highest-scoring team left in the postseason.
Never was that more evident than in Monday night's Game 5, a 3-1 come-from-behind victory.
Boston trailed 1-0 and faced back-to-back penalties to Nathan Horton
– each for interference – bridging the end of the first period and start of the second period. Going down 2-0 might have been more than the Bruins could handle -- at that point the Bruins just four shots, had yet to challenge replacement goalie Mike Smith
. Now Tampa Bay's big guns – Marty St. Louis, Vinny Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos
-- were being given free reign with extra open ice with which to operate.