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Postgame Reaction: Game 4 at Tampa Bay

by Hannah Becker / Boston Bruins – The Bruins let go of a three-goal lead as the Tampa Bay Lighting came storming back from the early deficit to defeat the B’s 5-3 and knot the Eastern Conference Finals series at 2-2.

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It was all Bruins early in the contest, as the B’s came out firing on all cylinders.  Patrice Bergeron scored twice in the first, including a shorthanded goal just five seconds into Tampa Bay’s first power play that chased Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson from the game.

Michael Ryder also scored on Roloson in the first, capitalizing on a Tampa Bay turnover in their own zone, epitomizing the way the game was going early.

If it was all Boston in the first, it was all Tampa in the second as the Bolts climbed back from the 3-0 deficit to tie the game less than 11 minutes into the middle session.

Teddy Purcell notched the first two and Sean Bergenheim netted the game-tying goal with his ninth game of the postseason.

“If you’re going to win games at this stage of the season, you certainly have to look at a sixty minute effort,” Julien said.

“I don’t think we had the focus tonight for sixty minutes because the second period clearly showed that. “

The Bruins swung some of the momentum back their way with some late pressure in the Tampa Bay zone, almost evening out the shots that finished the period 22-23 Tampa.

It took almost seven minutes into the third for either team to capitalize, but Simon Gagne was able to give Tampa the lead, capitalizing on a Milan Lucic turnover in the neutral zone to put the Bolts up 4-3.

“That puck probably shouldn’t have gone through the middle at that point and it got intercepted. And we got guys heading up the ice and all of a sudden it’s turned over and you’re putting on the breaks and coming back against the grain here,” Julien said of the play.

With just over 30 seconds left in the game Martin St. Louis sealed the game for Tampa, sliding in an empty net goal for his eighth tally of the postseason.

Game 5 is set for Monday night in Boston.
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