Final: Lightning 5, Bruins 3


FINAL – Tampa Bay 5, Boston 3 — Bruins punt a three-goal lead and lose Game 4, 5-3. Tim Thomas makes 32 saves, but defensive mistakes lead to three goals. Bergeron scores two for Boston, and Purcell two for Tampa.

Game 5 is 8 p.m. Monday night in Boston.

Reaction and more coming in a bit.

3d period — 37.1 – Tampa Bay 5, Boston 3 — St. Louis bags the empty-netter.

1:15 — Thomas to the bench.

1:50 — Shot from Ference tipped by Horton. Almost sneaks in.

2:19 — McQuaid hustles for the icing touch. Tampa calls timeout.

2:47 — Boychuk misses Bergenheim, slamming face-first into the glass.

4:27 — Tonight’s attendance: 21,216, many of them quite excited.


4:50 — Ference plays Thompson one-on-one. Blocks the shot, then follows puck to corner and bumps former P-Bruin.

6:15– Bergeron steals and puts a wrister on net. Smith traps.

6:33 — Bergeron shoved by Lecavalier before draw. Bergeron booted.

7:05 — Ryder gets a stick on loose puck as Thompson has net open. That could have been the backbreaker.

7:30 — Thompson downshifts and slips Seguin, leading to St. Louis chance. Thomas covers.

8:16 — Krejci wins an offensive-zone draw, but Tampa clears.

8:16 — Top line, not otherwise heard from tonight, sets up a chance with good forecheck. Chara blast trapped by Smith.

9:43 — Bolts locking into the 1-3-1.

11:19 — Bruins try to stretch out collapsing Tampa defense. Chara’s wrister from the point floats into Smith’s chest.

3d period – 13:06 – Tampa Bay 4, Boston 3 — After block by Kaberle, but Tampa rushes back into the neutral zone. Malone breaks in, feeds Gagne in the slot. Kaberle crouches to block shot instead of laying out. Gagne goes five-hole on Kaberle and Thomas can’t slide over.

13:48 — Telling that Campbell taking D-zone faceoff when Krejci is on the ice.

14:04 — Nice job by Ference, Boychuk and Marchand to clear bodies in front of Thomas. Save made on M-A Bergeron wrister from the point.

15:01 — Giveaway by Clark behind net, Smith makes sprawling save on Lucic. Clark and Hedman have been brutal.


15:51 — Campbell beat on a defensive-zone draw. Boston lost four of five drops this period.

16:32 — Thomas gets a toe on Gagne snapper. Another good one from TT.

17:05 — Confident play by McQuaid behind the net on Bergenheim. Looks better than he did last period.

18:06 — Kitchen-sink save by Thomas, sprawling across crease to stop Malone on a clean break. Boychuk caught without a stick at the blueline.

18:52 — Lecavalier wraparound staved off by Thomas.

20:00 — Horton’s boarding penalty on Downie has been changed to roughing.


End 2d – Boston 3, Tampa Bay 3 — Just as fast as it looked like the Bruins were going to breeze to a Game 4 win, Boston gave it right back. In 3:58, a three-goal advantage turned into a 3-3 game on two from Teddy Purcell and a goal from Sean Bergenheim. All even-strength goals.

Shots even, 13-13. Tampa has two-period advantage (23-22).

Bruins are 5-0 this playoffs when tied after two periods. Lightning is 1-1.

Bruins did not score on the power play. Both teams 0-2 tonight. Bruins might have put game away with a PPG.

Boston getting owned on the draw. Krejci has lost 8 of 10 faceoffs. Bergeron cooled as well – he’s 6-for-13 (46 percent). Meanwhile, Lecavalier has won 12 of 15 (80 percent). Stamkos is 6-for-7 (67 percent) and Moore is 5-for-8 (63 percent.

40.8 — Ohlund spills Kelly in the corner.

1:37 — Boychuk sneaks back-door. Short slapper pulled in by Smith.

2:35 — Horton dumps Downie in the corner. Downie plants hands and face on the glass. Two minutes, boarding. Downie gets two for diving. Crowd incredulous, as expected. Downie limps to dressing room.


3:27 — D-zone faceoff squirts to center ice. St. Louis off and running, Boychuk closing. Thomas holds the shot.

3:56 — Malone gets a hand after engaging in post-whistle scrum with Chara, who tips backward. Malone a bull today.

4:33 — Bit of pressure by the Bruins. Lucic slapper tipped out of zone by Krejci.

5:04 — Downie takes runs at Campbell and McQuaid.

6:42 — Thomas squeezes the pads on hard snap from Lecavalier. Looked dicey.

6:58 — Tip by St. Louis goes just high.

8:21 — Smith battles to keep the puck out with Chara and Horton wreaking havoc. Brewer and Hedman helping.

2d period – 9:07 – Boston 3, Tampa Bay 3 — Kaberle loses behind-net battle to Bergenheim, who spins out front and beats Thomas five-hole. McQuaid late to help, Krejci looking the other way. Building is shaking, crowd on fire.

9:43 — Bruins kill.

10:25 — Stamkos and St. Louis break in, but Ference and Boychuk ward off the shot.

11:43 — Marchand to the box. Interference.

2d period – 12:01 – Boston 3, Tampa Bay 2 — Tampa needs a hero, and Teddy Purcell wants the job. Gets second goal after Seguin relaxes on coverage. Purcell gets plenty of time to walk in and fire.

2d period — 13:05 – Boston 3, Tampa Bay 1 (PP) — Bolts get on the board. Thomas stops puck behind net, Chara comes into grab. Doesn’t see Malone coming with the hit. Decked. Gagne retrieves, snaps to Purcell, who dekes McQuaid, Thomas and puts backhand low.

14:08 — Bruins fall flat on man-up. Now 4-52 on PP this postseason.

14:54 — Bruins set up PP briefly, but Bergenheim steals and rushes the other way. Thomas snares a short-side wrister.

16:08 — Gagne to the box. Two minutes, goaltender interference.

16:20 — Stamkos rushes the zone, gets off screened shot that Thomas stands up to block. Gagne gets in his face. Ref’s arm up. Puck loose, Chara finds it and kicks it away.

18:00– Brief PP set-up leads to Seguin chance, shrugged off by Smith, and a Seguin slapper that missed wide.

19:07 — Bergenheim breaks in shorthanded. Seidenberg keeps pace, sweeps puck to corner. Bruins yet to set up.

19:58 — Krejci, Lucic, Horton, Seidenberg, Kaberle on PP1. Hall, Thompson, Ohlund and Brewer are Bolts PK’ers.

20:00 — Peverley and Marc-Andre Bergeron assessed fighting majors. Downie gets two for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct. Bruins to the PP.
Mike Smith remains in Tampa’s net.


End 1st – Boston 3, Tampa Bay 0 — Scrum around Thomas at the end. St. Louis jabbing Thomas. Downie with repeated cross-checks to Peverley, who sends him flying with a shove. Marc-Andre Bergeron comes to Downie’s defense and they toss mitts. M-A Bergeron gets in a stiff right, but mostly a wrestling match. Patrice Bergeron and Hedman tie up.

Brutal defensive work by Tampa. All three goals come off giveaways. Heads-up Patrice Bergeron grabs two unassisted goals, his third and fourth of the playoffs. He is Boston’s leading playoff scorer with 14 points (4-10—14).

Tim Thomas stopped all 10 shots, including a post-to-post kickout of a 2-on-1 chance. His defensemen were a little sloppy early on, but they buckled down.

Tampa did anything but. After Game 3, mission was to get in Thomas’ face. Bolts did, but not enough to offset poor work on D.

1st period — 2:02 – Boston 3, Tampa Bay 0 (SH) — Cross-ice pass at center intercepted by Bergeron, who barrels into the zone and beats Roloson five-hole from the top of the circles. Roloson pulled after allowing three goals on nine shots.

Roloson not helped by teammates. Bad defensive zone work led to that one. Brewer saw no way into zone on PP, passed back to Stamkos. Bergeron snuffed it out and rushed Stamkos. When Stamkos hesitated, Bergeron read pass and picked it off.

2:09 — Seidenberg off. Stamkos draws holding the stick call.

1st period — 3:26 – Boston 2, Tampa Bay 0 — Brutal pinch by Marc-Andre Bergeron lets Ryder steal and walk in. Lundin tries pokecheck, puck bounces in.

3:33 — Hate to make a Rapture reference, but something has to explain the bounces coming off the end boards. McQuaid center-ice dump almost goes in off carom.

4:44 — Referee Dan O’Halloran collides with Bergeron and is attended to by Tampa staff. Doesn’t miss a shift.

5:01 — Great pass from Krejci sets up onrushing Chara. Roloson has six saves, as does Thomas.

1st period – 9:13 – Boston 1, Tampa Bay 0 — Strong forecheck by Marchand causes Hedman to reverse puck. Pass clangs off the boards at bad angle. Clark, expecting different bounce, overskates. Bergeron pots the unassisted tap-in.

9:34 — Thomas irate over Moore and Lightning jabbing as he covers puck. Turns to ref with arms in the air. No penalties upcoming. Tampa taking every opportunity to get in Thomas’ grill.

10:04 — Paille skates next shift. Wrister from the wing sticked aside by Roloson.

11:16 — Paille stung by Marc-Andre Bergeron point blast. Wobbles off, grabbing his toe. Stays on bench.

11:39 — Bolts keep the pressure on. Hedman wrister from the point tipped wide by Stamkos. Big-time effort from Tampa.

12:40 — Thomas forced to cover after Bolts’ fourth line swarms the crease. Thomas throws a facewash/jab at Hall. Whistles stay in pocket.

14:06 — Giveaway in the zone lets Stamkos take a rip. Sails wide. Both teams sloppy in early going.

15:16 — More Lightning pressure. Tyrell tipped shot from the point, goes just wide.

16:12 — Spectacular work by Thomas, sliding post-to-post to take away open-net chance. Downie cross-slot to Marc-Andre Bergeron, Thomas kicks it out. Average save, the way he’s playing.

16:36 — Seidenberg rim-in takes hop off boards. Horton’s short-side chance saved by Roloson.

17:26 — McQuaid trips along the boards in the neutral zone, leading to rush by Gagne and Malone. Bruins recover.

18:17 — Great defensive zone work by Marchand, tying up Tampa player in the slot.

19:46 — Bruins win drop, Chara subbed out for Boychuk.

20:00 — Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi and Brad Marchand start for Boston. Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara on defense. Tampa sends out Dominic Moore, Adam Hall and Nate Thompson, with Victor Hedman and Mike Lundin on the back line. Tim Thomas and Dwyane Roloson in the cages.

Welcome to the St. Pete Times Forum, where the Bruins and Lightning are set for Game 4.

No lineup changes for Boston. Scratches will be Shawn Thornton, Shane Hnidy and Steve Kampfer. For Tampa, Blair Jones is out. Dana Tyrell is in.

Lightning pregame video included a local newscaster, a professional poker player, MC Hammer and Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria declaring their love for the Bolts.

Live updates to come in this space. Enjoy the game.

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