TAMPA, FL - MAY 19: Tim Thomas #30 of the Boston Bruins controls the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at St Pete Times Forum on May 19, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

Bruins Vs. Lightning, Game 3: Tim Thomas Perfect In 2-0 Boston Win

Tim Thomas pitched a shutout in goal as the Boston Bruins put away the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3, 2-0.

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Bruins Vs. Lightning Final Score: Boston Takes 2-1 Series Lead With Shutout Win, 2-0

Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas pitched a shutout, saving 31 shots en route to a 2-0 win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals of the NHL playoffs. Boston struck quick, putting a goal on the board one minute into the first period and holding the Tampa Bay Lightning off down the stretch to take the win. An insurance goal in the third gave Thomas plenty of cushion, though all he needed was that early, first period goal.

David Krejci got the scoring started for the Bruins' in the first period with his quick goal. Milan Lucic and Johnny Boychuk were credited with the assists. In the third period, it was Andrew Ference with the insurance goal, putting the Bruins on top, 2-0,with what turned out to be the final margin of victory. Michael Ryder and Chris Kelly were given assists on Ference's goal.

The series continues on Saturday in Tampa Bay as the Lighting host the Bruins in Game 4. With a 2-1 series lead, the Bruins are in control and have a chance to take a commanding lead with a Game 4 win in Tampa Bay.

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Bruins Vs. Lightning, Game 3: Early Krejci Goal Puts Boston Up 1-0 After One Period

For the first time in this Eastern Conference Final series, the Boston Bruins have scored the first goal of the game. They got an early tally from David Krejci a little more than a minute in to give Boston a 1-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The teams have played one period in this Game 3 at St. Pete Times Forum with each having taken a game apiece in the series. 

After the first two periods of Game 2 saw goals in both the first and last minutes of the frame, it was of little surprise that an early goal led off Game 3. David Krejci was in front guarded by Victor Hedman while Milan Lucic was playing the puck out of a scrum in the corner. Hedman left his man in front to go chase the puck in the corner. Lucic found Krejci with no skater anywhere near him right alone in front of Dwayne Roloson. Krejci faked forehand, then went to his backhand and shelfed it to make it 1-0 Bruins. It was Krejci's seventh of the post-season at 1:09. 

The Bruins got two power play opportunities the rest of the period, and controlled much of the play (despite getting out-shot in the first period, 10-7), but were unable to cash in anything else. This was largely due to the Lightning getting their defense in order, but Roloson stepped up after a goal he really didn't have a chance on. Tim Thomas has been stellar in goal for Boston. 

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