Teddy Purcell wasted little time after the opening face-off, as he scored the Lightning’s first goal in less than a minute to give Tampa Bay the early momentum.
Boston responded nearly seven minutes later when Milan Lucic netted the Bruins first goal of the game, which was followed up by a David Krejci score nearly 10-minutes later.
The Bruins took their lead into the first intermission, but their Eastern Conference Finals celebration was short lived, as Tampa Bay responded with two more goals in the second period, thanks to Martin St. Louis and Purcell.
Tampa Bay then stretched their one-goal lead to two, when Steven Stamkos scored his first goal of the contest. Afterward, Boston and Tampa Bay started trading goals, as Krejci scored his second and third to complete the hat trick, while St. Louis scored his second goal of the contest.
Tim Thomas saved 21-of-26 shots between the pipes, while Lightning goaltender Dwayne Roloson saved 16-of-20 shots.
Tampa Bay earned their third victory of the series and forced a Game 7 on Friday at the TD Garden. The winner of Game 7 will advance to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals against the Vancouver Canucks.
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Things are looking good for the Boston fan faithful, as the Bruins took a commanding 2-1 lead in the NHL Eastern Conference Final series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday with a 2-0 win in Game 3. The Bruins defense played one of their better games of the series and goaltender Tim Thomas earned his second career playoff shutout, as he denied 31-shots between the pipes.
“It looked real good [this evening],” Thomas said of his team’s defensive efforts in a post-game interview on Versus. “Tampa had their chances at times. We did a really good job of picking up rebounds [and it was] by far the best defensive game we’ve played in the series.”
Not only did Thomas play great once again, but also, Patrice Bergeron played after being sidelined with a concussion for the first two games of the series. Bergeron skated for 19:13 and had two shots on goal and won 18 of 28 face-offs (64.3%).
“I felt good,” Bergeron said post-game. “I was confident I was ready. Overall, it was a great team effort. That’s how you win.”
David Krejci put the Bruins in a sweet spot, scoring just 1:09 into the game with assists from Milan Lucic and Johnny Boychuk. Krejci has now made seven goals in the postseason.
Up until 8:12 in the third, 1:09 seemed to be frozen on everyone’s clocks – with no goals from the Lightning and no new scores by the Bruins, but Andrew Ference made that change when he bumped Boston’s lead to two with help from Michael Ryder and Chris Kelly.
The Bruins will look to continue their dominance on Saturday during Game 4 at Tampa, face-off is scheduled for 1:30PM eastern.