Two goals in the third period to pull the game within one may have put the fear of death in the Bruins. After a stellar five-goal second period that saw the tandem of Michael Ryder and Tyler Seguin score two goals apiece, the Bruins were standing around and "watching" as Tim Thomas saved the day, said Ryder.
Thomas made 13 saves in the final period as the Bruins held off the Lightning for the 6-5 win to even the series 1-1.
"I think in the third we sat back a little bit and we weren't skating," Ryder said. "We were just kind of watching a little bit. Timmy [Thomas] came up huge. He made a lot of big saves and that's what we need out of him this time of year. I think we have to learn from the third period that we can't do that because the team on the other side, they're not giving up."
Ryder had two goals in the game and an assist for three points, showing his penchant for coming up huge in big games. But his three points were overshadowed by Seguin, who tallied four points on the night.
"We read off each other pretty well, and know where we're going to be on the ice," Ryder said of Seguin. "When Segs is skating and holding onto the puck, and making plays, that's when he's at his best."