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Postgame Reaction: Game 2 vs. Tampa Bay

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins

BOSTON – Tyler Seguin added to his playoff resume as Boston’s power play lit up and the Bruins scored six goals on Tampa Bay, taking home the 6-5 victory in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals series.

Boston Bruins center Tyler Seguin (19) is hugged by Boston Bruins right wing Nathan Horton after Seguin scored against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final playoff series in Boston Tuesday, May 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
The Bruins third line completely took over the game in the second period and gave the Bruins a 6-3 lead heading into the third intermission after trailing 1-0 just 13 seconds into the game.

Rookie Tyler Seguin had two goals and two assists for four points. He combined with linemate Michael Ryder for three of Boston’s five second-period tallies.

“I think I always felt we were clicking throughout the season. He gave me my first NHL goal in the regular season and my first playoff goal, so I’ve got to give a lot of credit to that guy,” Seguin said of skating with Ryder.

“So, I think I try to use my speed and I’ve always been a decent playmaker and he’s got a tremendous shot. So really when I’m in their zone, I’m just looking for that guy and I know he’s not going to make a mistake.”

Skating with Chris Kelly the trio combined for eight points on the evening and finished at combined a plus-7.

Tampa Bay had their own killer threesome in superstars Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier. The trio combined for two goals in the game. The first came late in the first period and the second was midway through the second frame and gave the Bolts their firsts power play goal of the evening.

But the Lightning weren’t the only ones scoring man-advantage goals though. After going 2-41 in the first twelve games of the playoffs, the Bruins netted two power play tallies.

The first came off the stick of Nathan Horton at 13:58 in the first. Horton tipped a Dennis Seidenberg blast past Tampa goaltender Dwayne Roloson to tie the game at one.

“We moved the puck well, we got shots on net, we had traffic in front of the net. And everybody was talking, has been talking about the power play struggling. And to score two goals on it is definitely good for our confidence,” Seidenberg said.

Ryder followed that up with his own power play goal with less than five minutes to play in the second, assisted by Seguin, who was on the ice for the power play for the first time this postseason.

“I thought our power play was good tonight,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said.

“Special teams tonight were much better than we’ve seen in the past. So that’s another positive thing for our hockey club. “

Seguin was also won the two draws he took, an area the Bruins were struggling in with Patrice Bergeron absent from the lineup.

“He played unbelievable. He was dominant today and it’s good to see him play like that… Hopefully he can keep it going,” said B’s center David Krejci.

“Obviously you’re not going to see every night a four point game from him, but as long as he’ll be playing with the speed he is and the intensity, he’s going to bring a lot to this team.”

While Boston skated the 6-3 lead into the second intermission, the Bolts knew they game wasn’t close to being over. Tampa began mounting their comeback just 3:47 into the final period when Steven Stamkos scored his fifth goal of the postseason.

Tampa would add one more before the night was up, making the score 6-5 on a  controversial call. B’s goaltender Tim Thomas’ mask fell off, usually cause for a whistle, prior to Tampa scoring, but the referees did not blow the whistle.

“They gave me the right explanation” said Julien. “They felt they were in the scoring position and so they didn’t blow the whistle

“And I was hoping they would have blown it earlier, but it was the right call.”

Nevertheless, the Bruins were able to pull out the victory, tying the series as they head to Tampa for a Thursday night match-up.

“It certainly wasn’t the perfect game that everybody would like so see. But we won a hockey game and right now the series is tied at one,” Julien said.

“We know we have to get better and the win is what you should be looking at right now.”

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