Bolts drop game 5 to Bruins 3-1

In the second, the Bruins tied the game less than five minutes into the period, when the first line of the Bruins cashed in on a set play. Off a David Krejci faceoff win, Milan Lucic got the puck and centered it to Lightning killer Nathan Horton. Horton got off a quick shot that Mike Smith had no chance on to tie the score at 1. Later in the period, the Bruins struck again when Patrice Bergeron got the perfect pass to the slot to Brad Marchand, giving the Bruins the eventual game-winning goal and a 2-1 lead.

The real story of this game was how Tim Thomas found a way to get the job done after giving up an early goal to Simon Gagne. He made some incredible saves, including one on Brett Clark and another on Steve Downie where he got his stick over to stop a puck heading for a wide open net and a sure goal to tie the game late in the third.

Rich Peverly would add an empty net goal late in the third to secure the win for the Bruins.

Obviously, being in a 3-2 hole is not ideal, but this series is still long from over. Lets not forget the Lightning lost game 5 to the Calgary Flames before winning the last two games of the series, so all is not lost.

At the same time, the question will continue to loom large. Who gets the start in game six? Will it be Dwayne Roloson and his perfect record in elimination games? Or will Mike Smith get another shot after a strong start in game five?

While we may not know until game time, is there really a right answer at this point?


Dwayne Roloson or Mike Smith?

It was the question of the past 48 hours that was not answered until thirty minutes before game time.

After Monday night’s result, it will most likely not be answered for another 48 hours, through no fault of anyone involved.

Tonight’s answer, Mike Smith, played a great game in a surprise start, but got almost no goal support, in the 3-1 loss to the Boston Bruins. The setback put the Lightning on the verge of elimination, trailing in the best of seven series 3-2.

Now, the question will remain, Dwayne Roloson or Mike Smith? Perhaps the bigger question should have been how you beat Tim Thomas. What appeared to be an easy answer suddenly has become much more difficult.

The Lightning got out of the gates quickly in this one, when Steven Stamkos broke in on a 2-1 break with Simon Gagne. Stamkos got the pass to Gagne, who put a knuckle puck past Tim Thomas. Thomas appeared to get over just a bit late on the shot and just got beat on it. The Lightning dominated the first period, out-shooting the Bruins 14-4, but Tim Thomas turned away all but the Gagne goal. As it usually does in hockey, the inability to get more than one goal would come back to haunt the Lightning in a big way in this game. While the Bolts took a 1-0 lead into the intermission, the second period would be a bit more of a challenging frame for them.

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