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Bruins, Lightning gear up for Game 3

by Brian Compton /

(Best-of-seven series is tied 1-1)


Big Story: Which team will be able to do a better job of limiting offense after a free-wheeling, highly entertaining Game 2 in Boston?

Team Scope:

Bruins -- Boston found ways around and through Tampa Bay's 1-3-1 system in Game 2. A big key was keeping the Lightning pinned in their own end by creating turnovers and not letting them make line changes or set up in the neutral zone.

The other was Tyler Seguin -- for the second straight game he blitzed through the Tampa Bay defense for a breakaway goal. He continued his magic and played a part in four of the five goals Boston scored in the second period.

"Obviously he's a young kid playing in the NHL, and if he wasn't good enough or capable of playing here, he wouldn't be here," Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson said. "He's got great skill. He's a great player. So he capitalized on the chances he had last night and he played extremely well."

Lightning -- Offense was not a problem in Game 2 for the Lightning either as they scored five times on the likely Vezina Trophy winner. The high number of breakdowns defensively is the big concern.

The Bruins needed only nine shots on goal in the second period of Game 2 to score five goals, and two of the four that didn't go in led to rebounds that did. Was it an aberration, a one-game slip up, or has Boston figured out the secrets to besting Tampa Bay's often frustrating system to play against?

"We've circled a few things that just after the game that we knew that we didn't do right, and now we're obviously with looking at it, being more specific in what we need to do," coach Guy Boucher said. "But the last time we lost, we bounced back and we won eight in a row. So there's absolutely no need to panic."

Who's Hot -- No player is hotter than Seguin, who has six points in the past two games -- the first two playoff matches of his NHL career. Nathan Horton has 10 points in the past six games for the Bruins. Tampa Bay captain Vincent Lecavalier also has 10 points since the start of the second round (six games) and is a plus-7 in that span.

Injury Report -- Boston's Patrice Bergeron made the trip to Florida is possible for Game 3 after missing the first two games of the series with a concussion. Tampa Bay defenseman Pavel Kubina, also out with a concussion, did not travel to Boston but Boucher said he might have been able to practice Wednesday but there was none scheduled. The Lightning are also without forward Dana Tyrell, who is out with a lower-body injury. He's practiced with the team in non-contact jersey. The Bruins are also missing top center Marc Savard, who is out for the year with a concussion but did attend Game 2.

Stat Pack -- Roloson and Tim Thomas began this series as the top two goaltenders in this postseason in goals against average. Facing each other hasn't turned into quite the goalie duel people were expecting. They have combined to yield 17 goals in the first two games. Now Roloson is sixth in goals-against average at 2.37 and Thomas is seventh at 2.39 after Tuesday's game.

Puck Drop -- Steven Stamkos has a breakout offensive performance in Game 2 for Tampa Bay. He had a goal, two assists and was generally one of the most dangerous players on the ice. Boston could use a similar night from its own top young sniper.

Milan Lucic led the team in goals during the regular season, but he has just two goals and five points in 13 postseason games. Seguin has passed him in offensive production in just two games. Horton has played well, but the Bruins are going to need more from the other wing on their top line if they are going to keep up offensively with the Lightning.

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