Comeback completed: Bolts even up conference finals

And everything became possible in a hurry for the this Lightning team. It started with a great play by Ryan Malone behind the net that caused miscommunication by Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara. Malone stole the puck and found Teddy Purcell, who beat Thomas with a backhand to get on the board.


From there, it did not take long for the Lightning to get back within a goal, when Teddy Purcell scored again on a beautiful shot from the right circle beating Thomas up high. The goal came just over a minute after his previous one and gave the Bolts all kinds of momentum.


The Lightning were not done yet, as it was time for the playoff hero himself, Sean Bergenheim, to get the game all tied up with his 9th goal of the playoffs, less than two minutes after Purcell went on his scoring run.


In the third, it was Boston killer himself, Simon Gagne, that put the Lightning ahead for good when he scored from the slot just under seven minutes into the frame. And it would be Marty St. Louis who put the icing on the cake for the Lightning when he found the empty net to give the Bolts a 5-3 win.


For the Lightning, this comeback and victory has the potential to play a huge role in this series moving forward. The momentum has swung all to them, and they are now in position to take advantage of a tremendous opportunity on Monday night in Boston. A win there would give them the opportunity to come home to the St. Pete Times Forum on Wednesday for a potential series-clinching game.


Still, there is a long way to go before they can worry themselves with that. The business at hand is to make sure there are no more repeats of the first period from game four and stay focused on their game. If this series has shown one thing, its that the Bruins can't stay with the Lightning when they play their style. We have seen that in the 3rd period of game 2 and the 2nd and 3rd periods of game 4.


The Lightning will look to ensure that Monday night is a tale of one game.


Their game.

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It was a tale of two different games.

The first 20 minutes saw the Tampa Bay Lightning play tentative, turn the puck over, and pull the puck out of its own net on three separate occasions. The remaining 40 minutes saw a Lightning team that was all over the Bruins, played their game, created turnovers and dominated. It was that team that dominated on the scoreboard as well, scoring 5 unanswered goals to give the Lightning a huge comeback win and tie the best of seven series at two games a piece.

The Lightning played well at times in the first period, but their mistakes all seemed to find the back of their net; Patrice Bergeron scored two goals, one shorthanded, and Michael Ryder added one of his own to give the Bruins what appeared to be an insurmountable lead at 3-0. Nothing went right in the period for the Lightning.

“We’ve been in that situation a lot this year and we were able to come back,” forward Simon Gagne said. “We were really positive, even though we were down 3-0. We talked about the first goal, and after that everything was possible.”

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