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NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Finals
vs. Bruins won series over Lightning 4-3
vs. Canucks won series over Sharks 4-1
Roloson's brilliance can't carry Lightning Dwayne Roloson's streak of victories in elimination games came to an end Friday night at TD Garden -- and yet it was one of his best performances of an incredible five months with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Roloson stopped 37 shots, including the first 34 he faced, but the Boston Bruins defeated Tampa Bay 1-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Thomas' dream about Game 7 winner became reality Tim Thomas might want to play the lottery when he wakes up Saturday morning. Boston's goaltender is on quite the roll. Not only did he pitch a 24-save shutout in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals as Boston beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0 on Friday night, a victory that sends the franchise to its first Stanley Cup Final in 21 years -- it seems he also called the game-winning goal even before it happened – sort of. Before the game started, he approached Nathan Horton for a pep talk.
Canucks to keep close eye now on East Finals After watching the first five games of the Eastern Conference Finals as fans trying to relax for a few hours during a stressful time, the Vancouver Canucks will have a keen interest in Game 6 between Boston and Tampa Bay on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; Versus, CBC, RDS). If the Bruins win, they will be the Canucks' opponent in the Stanley Cup Final. If the Lightning win, it's up for grabs and the Canucks will have to wait until Friday to learn which Eastern Conference foe is coming to town.
Sharks at a loss for words over Bieksa's winner Kevin Bieksa's goal at 10:18 of double overtime had many of the San Jose Sharks at a loss for words. Here's what we do know -- Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler, trying to keep the puck in at the Sharks blue line, attempted to dump the puck into the corner to the left of goaltender Antti Niemi. Instead of ending up in the corner, where nearly every player's attention was, the puck hit a stanchion near the hash marks and bounced out to Bieksa, who stepped into a slap shot from the point and beat Niemi for his fifth goal of these playoffs.
Boston Bruins Zdeno Chara (drafted in 1996 & played 4 seasons) * 17 games, 2 goals (1 PPG), 3 assists, +11 rating, 14 PIM, 54 shots
Tampa Bay Lightning Dwayne Roloson (played just over one season before being traded to TBL earlier this season) * 17 games, 2.51 GAA, .924 SV% Sean Bergenheim (played combined 7 seasons with NYI and BST - began during 2003-04 season) * 16 games, 9 goals (1 GW), 2 assists, +2 rating, 8 PIM, 46 shots Nate Thompson (played 1.5 seasons before being traded last season) * 18 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, +3 rating, 4 PIM, 26 shots Eric Brewer (played 2 seasons including a 25 game stint with the Lowell Lock Monsters in 1999-2000) * 18 games, 1 goal, 6 assists, -3 rating, 14 PIM, 26 shots Marc-Andre Bergeron (played 69 games between two seasons starting in 2006-07) * 14 games, 2 goals (2 PPG & 1 GW), 1 assist, -2 rating, 9 PIM, 24 shots
Vancouver Canucks Roberto Luongo (drafted 4th overall in 1997, split the 1999-2000 season with NYI and the Lowell Lock Monsters) * 18 games, 2.29 GAA, .922 SV% Raffi Torres (split 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons between NYI and BST) * 16 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, +3 rating, 22 PIM, 16 shots Jeff Tambellini (split 5 seasons from 2005-06 to 2009-10 between NYI and BST) * 2 games, -1 rating