TAMPA, FL - MAY 25: Martin St. Louis #26 celebrates his third period goal with Steven Stamkos #91 and Mike Lundin #39 of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Bruins during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at St Pete Times Forum on May 25, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Bruins Vs. Lightning, Game 6: St. Louis Scores Two As Lightning Win 5-4, Force Game 7 Friday Night

Martin St. Louis had two goals, including the decisive score midway through the third period, as the Tampa Bay Lightning held off the Boston Bruins, 5-4, to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals.

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Bruins Vs. Lightning, Game 6: Lightning Hold On To Win 5-4, Force Decisive Game 7 Friday Night

In what might have been one of the best non-overtime games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning held on to beat the Boston Bruins 5-4 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final. The Lightning force a Game 7 in Boston at TD Garden on Friday night. 

Things started well again for the Lightning. Rich Peverly was knocked out of a faceoff with Vincent Lecavalier, and replaced with Chris Kelly. Lecavalier, in turn, won the draw cleanly, and got it to Teddy Purcelly, who ripped a shot to the top corner that Tim Thomas never even saw through the screen of players. It was Purcell's fifth of the post-season, on Lecavalier's 12th assist, at just 36 seconds to make it 1-0. It was the fourth time in this series a goal had been scored within the first 70 seconds of a game, and the third time the Lightning did it.

However, some poor goaltending and turnovers killed the Lightning from there on in. Nathan Horton made a solid pass to Milan Lucic into the Tampa Bay zone. Lucic used Viktor Hedman as a screen and rifled a shot past Roloson. Despite the screen, the shot was arguably stoppable from the Tampa Bay netminder. Was it perhaps a mistake for head coach Guy Boucher to sit him in Game 5 for Mike Smith? Regardless, Lucic had his third of the playoffs at 7:09.

Boston got another goal that could be seen as a little off later in the period. Daniel Paille stole a puck from Steven Stamkos and got it to David Krejci, and he just sniped one to the top of the shelf to make it 2-1 Boston. It was at least the second time in the series that a Boston player has pick-pocketed Stamkos to get a goal, and another shot that Roloson might kick himself for not getting. It was Krejci's eighth of the post-season at 16:30, and Boston left the period with a 2-1 lead. 

Denis Seidenberg went off for cross-checking at 7:39 of the second period, leading to the goal that tied the game for Tampa Bay. A scramble in front saw Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis get cracks at Tim Thomas. It was finally St. Louis who found the puck in front of the net and backhanded it behind Thomas to make it 3-2 Lightning. It was St. Louis' ninth of the post-season, and yet another multi-assist game for Lecavalier.

Later in the period, the Lightning went on the power play again, as Rich Peverly went off for interference at 11:52. Steve Downie got a pass along to Teddy Purcell, who ripped a shot short side as Thomas was unable to scamper across the netmouth to stop it. It was Purcell's second of the game, fifth of the series and sixth of the post-season. The last two times Tampa Bay has played at home, he has had two-goal games. The goal came at 13:35 to make it 3-2 Tampa, a lead they'd hold to end the second.

In the third, the Lightning immediately struck to give themselves a two-goal lead. Eric Brewer, who's been having a real bad luck game so far, made a great pass across to Steven Stamkos, who ripped a one-timer past Tim Thomas with Martin St. Louis lodged in the net from crashing it. It was Stamkos' sixth of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at 34 seconds of the period to make it 4-2. 

Boston got back within one mid-way through the second period, and for the first time in the playoffs, it was on a road power play. Nathan Horton made a great cross-ice pass within Zdeno Chara in front causing mis-direction. Dwayne Roloson went down, thinking the pass would go to Chara. However, hiding behind him was David Krejci, who was there to put it home, making it 4-3. It was Krejci's second of the game and ninth of the post-season at 9:46. 

The Lightning got their two-goal lead returned to them in short order on one of the most exciting plays you'll see in the post-season. Martin St. Louis and Steve Downie went on a two-on-one, give-and-go that lead it to St. Louis depositing it easily behind Thomas. A brilliant little two-on-one with some great passing by St. Louis and Downie, who got his 12th assist of the playoffs. It was St. Louis' second of the game and 10th of the postseason, giving him the league lead ... for a few minutes.

Three minutes and 13 seconds later, Milan Lucic found David Krejci at the side of the net. He tried to jam the puck in, but it went off of a defender in front, and then Roloson knocked it in himself, in one of the stranger goals of the post-season. Krejci got himself a playoff hat trick, and his 10th of the playoffs, tying him with St. Louis for the league lead at 13:28. It wasn't enough though, as the Bruins pulled Tim Thomas with a little more than a minute to go, and couldn't get anything substantial set up on Roloson. There will be a seventh game on Friday night in Tampa Bay, for the right to play in Vancouver for Game 1 a week from tonight. Remember everyone who said this would be a boring, low-scoring series? 

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Bruins Vs. Lightning, Game 6: Two Power Play Goals Give Tampa 3-2 Lead After Two Periods

It was the tale of special teams in the second period of Game 6 in the Eastern Conference Final. The Boston Bruins got two power play chances and failed on them, putting them at 0-for-4 in the game and 0-for-25 on the road in the post-season. The Tampa Bay Lightning got three power play chances, and converted on two of them, with one power play still running as the second period ended. The Lightning lead the Bruins, 3-2 as they try to force a Game 7 Friday night, while Boston looks to get to the Stanley Cup Final to face Vancouver.

Denis Seidenberg went off for cross-checking at 7:39 of the second period, leading to the goal that tied the game for Tampa Bay. A scramble in front saw Steven Stamkos, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis get cracks at Tim Thomas. It was finally St. Louis who found the puck in front of the net and backhanded it behind Thomas to make it 3-2 Lightning. It was St. Louis' ninth of the post-season, and yet another multi-assist game for Lecavalier.

Later in the period, the Lightning went on the power play again, as Rich Peverly went off for interference at 11:52. Steve Downie got a pass along to Teddy Purcell, who ripped a shot short side as Thomas was unable to scamper across the netmouth to stop it. It was Purcell's second of the game, fifth of the series and sixth of the post-season. The last two times Tampa Bay has played at home, he has had two-goal games. The goal came at 13:35 to make it 3-2.

Andrew Ference went off for cross-checking at 19:05, meaning the Lightning will have 1:05 of power play time to start the third period. Tampa will look to hold on and force a Game 7, while Boston will look to come back and clinch the trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

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Bruins Vs. Lightning, Game 6: Lightning Scores First, But Trail 2-1 After One Period

The Tampa Bay Lightning once again took an early 1-0 lead in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final, as they had in Game 5. However, the Boston Bruins got in gear, struck back and then struck again, much like they had in Game 5. However, in this tilt, the goals came much quicker, whereas in Game 5, the Lightning had their lead for the entire first period. After 20 minutes, the Bruins have a 2-1 lead at St. Pete Times Forum, where they'll look to book their first trip to the Stanley Cup Final since 1990. 

Things started well again for the Lightning, though. Rich Peverly was knocked out of a faceoff with Vincent Lecavalier, and replaced with Chris Kelly. Lecavalier, in turn, won the draw cleanly, and got it to Teddy Purcelly, who ripped a shot to the top corner that Tim Thomas never even saw through the screen of players. It was Purcell's fifth of the post-season, on Lecavalier's 12th assist, at just 36 seconds to make it 1-0. It was the fourth time in this series a goal had been scored within the first 70 seconds of a game, and the third time the Lightning did it.

However, some poor goaltending and turnovers killed the Lightning from there on in. Nathan Horton made a solid pass to Milan Lucic into the Tampa Bay zone. Lucic used Viktor Hedman as a screen and rifled a shot past Roloson. Despite the screen, the shot was arguably stoppable from the Tampa Bay netminder. Was it perhaps a mistake for head coach Guy Boucher to sit him in Game 5 for Mike Smith? Regardless, Lucic had his third of the playoffs at 7:09.

Boston got another goal that could be seen as a little off later in the period. Daniel Paille stole a puck from Steven Stamkos and got it to David Krejci, and he just sniped one to the top of the shelf to make it 2-1 Boston. It was at least the second time in the series that a Boston player has pick-pocketed Stamkos to get a goal, and another shot that Roloson might kick himself for not getting. It was Krejci's eighth of the post-season at 16:30, and Boston left the period with a 2-1 lead. 

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