By Matt Noonan
After losing Game 1, Boston needed to bounce back, otherwise, they’d be starring at a 0-2 deficit en route to Tampa Bay, Florida on Wednesday.
So, what exactly did the Bruins do on Tuesday, well, they won, but also, kept the score a little too close, as the Bruins edged the Lightning, 6-5 at the TD Garden and evened the Eastern Conference Finals series at 1-1.
Tampa Bay began the game by scoring first, as Adam Hall beat Tim Thomas to give the Lightning a 1-0 advantage.
However, the Bruins responded with a Nathan Horton power play goal, which was followed up by Martin St. Louis’s seventh goal of the playoffs.
The Lightning took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, but then watched the Bruins roar back, as they netted five goals in the second period, thanks to Tyler Seguin and Michael Ryder, who scored twice and David Krejci. Although Tampa Bay managed to score once during the period, as Vincent Lecavalier scored at 7:48.
Entering the third period, Boston watched their comfortable 6-3 lead go away, as the Lightning tallied two more goals, which wasn’t enough to force the Bruins into overtime. Steven Stamkos and Dominic Moore recorded both goals in third period for Tampa Bay.
Thomas finished the game with 36-saves, while Dwyane Roloson and Mike Smith combined for 35-saves between the pipes for Tampa Bay.
The Bruins and Lightning will return to the ice on Thursday for Game 3 in Tampa Bay, face-off is scheduled for 8:00pm eastern.