All summer long, NHL Network will be replaying the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs -- from every jaw-dropping goal to every highlight-reel save to every crushing defeat.
Each game of the postseason -- spanning the more than two-month period from the opening round to Boston's Game 7 clincher of the Stanley Cup Final -- will be shown on the Network throughout the offseason.
Fans can tune in at 8 p.m. ET nightly for a different game -- and different chance to re-live history. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com.
Both the Tampa Bay Lightning
and Boston Bruins
had more than a week off before they clashed in the opener of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals. Each club swept its second-round opponent, as the B’s extracted revenge on the Philadelphia Flyers
from a year earlier and the Bolts knocked off the top-seeded Washington Capitals
in stunning fashion. Coming into Game 1, it seemed like the irresistible force meeting the immovable object as Tampa Bay had won seven straight games while Boston had won eight of its last nine, including four straight at home.
In the middle of the first period, it became clear which team was still riding its momentum after the week off as the Lightning struck for three goals in an 85-second span to silence the crowd at TD Garden. Sean Bergenheim
opened the scoring with his eighth goal of the playoffs and his sixth in the last seven games to continue his outstanding postseason. Brett Clark
tallied 19 seconds later and Teddy Purcell
scored 66 seconds after Clark to give the Bolts a commanding 3-0 lead. Boston rookie Tyler Seguin
-- playing in his first Stanley Cup playoff game in place of the injured Patrice Bergeron
-- neatly slipped one past Dwayne Roloson
to pull the B's within two near the end of the first period. But after a scoreless second, Tampa Bay added two more goals in the third en route to a 5-2 victory in Game 1, stealing home-ice advantage away from the Bruins.