Lightning win 5-4, force game seven

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As has been the case much of the series, there was a goal scored in the first minute of the game, and it was the home team that got the crowd into it. Vincent Lecavalier won a draw straight back to Teddy Purcell, who beat Tim Thomas 36 seconds into the game to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead. From there, the rest of the period saw Boston get on the board with two goals of their own, the first from Milan Lucic and the second from David Krejci to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.


In the second, it was the Lightning who would take over on the score board. With the Bolts on the power play, Marty St. Louis knocked home a rebound from the slot to tie the score up at two goals a piece. The Lightning power play would connect again in the period when Teddy Purcell beat Thomas from the left circle on the power play to give the Lightning back a one goal lead, 3-2.


In the third, the Lightning would connect on the power play once again when Steven Stamkos one-timed a bomb from his office in the left circle to give the Lightning a two goal advantage at 4-2. It would turn out to be a huge goal for the Lightning, as the Bruins would find a way to crawl back into the game time after time in the third.


First, it was David Krejci who got the Bruins back to within a goal with second goal of the game to get the Bruins back to 4-3. The Lightning would strike right back to regain their two goal advantage when Steve Downie and St. Louis completed a beautiful 2-1 break to give the Lightning a 5-3 lead. David Krejci would complete his hat trick late in the third period to get Boston back to within a goal, but that is as close as the Bruins would get on the scoreboard, even with extended time and pressure in the Lightning zone.


On this night, it was about the Lightning’s biggest stars being their best players, and that is exactly what happened with Lecavalier, Stamkos, and St. Louis. But for head coach Guy Boucher, it was not so much about the scoring of his core players, but the overall play as the series has gone on.


“I was expecting a big game from those guys, but I disagreed that they didn't have big games in the last games,” Boucher said. “Looking at the scoreboard, there's more to the game than just scoring goals and having points. They had very good games before. It just wasn't going in for some of them, and for some other guys it was going in.”

Now, with this win, it is on to another game 7, another chance to make history, and another chance to return to the Stanley Cup finals.


All because of their resiliency.

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Resiliency.

The rallying cry of the Tampa Bay Lightning once again came to the forefront in a game six that was both wildly unpredictable and wildly exciting.

The Lightning hung on to win, 5-4, forcing a game seven Friday night in Boston. The Lightning’s biggest stars were their best players on this night; Marty St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos all combined for 8 points.

“It was a great game,” Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier said. “We never quit. We didn’t want to stay on our heels in the third. Even though we had the lead, we kept on going and kept on pressing. I thought that we played pretty well defensively at the end of the third period.”

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