The Boston Bruins rode a 5 goal second period and hung on for the final minutes of the third for a 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The win evened the Eastern Conference Final at a game apiece as the series moves to Tampa for games 3 and 4. Tampa got off to a quick start as Adam Hall netted his first goal of the playoffs 13 seconds into the game. Nathan Horton and Martin St. Louis exchanged goals later in the period and Tampa took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. The second period was all Tyler Seguin as the 19 year old had 2 goals and 2 assists in the frame, and Boston seemingly took control of the game, leading 6-3 after 40 minutes. Tampa crawled back into the game as Steven Stamkos got the Lighting within 2 just under 4 minutes into the third, and then Dominic Moore got them within 1 with about 7 minutes left in the game. It was a tense final minutes as Boston bent but did not break and Tim Thomas was able to close the door the rest of the way for the much needed win.
Vincent Lecavalier had a goal and three assists in the losing effort for the Lightning
Tyler Seguin had 1 goal in the first period of his first career playoff game (adding an assist later in the game). He added 2 goals and 2 assists in the 2nd period of his 2nd career playoff game. If that trend continues look for him to have a great third period on Thursday as his pace will be for 3 goals and 3 assists!
Also tonight the Binghamton Senators can complete the sweep of the Charlotte Checkers with a victory on home ice. Zack Smith had the hat trick as the Senators defeated the Checkers 7-1 last night to take a 3-0 series lead.
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