BOSTON, MA - MAY 27: The Prince of Wales trophy is presented to the Boston Bruins by Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly after they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 1 to 0 in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 27, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Lightning Vs. Bruins, Game 7: Boston Advances To Stanley Cup Finals With 1-0 Win

A third period goal by Nathan Horton gave the Boston Bruins a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7, punching their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Lightning Vs. Bruins, Game 7: Teams Battle Through Scoreless Second Period

After only two scoreless periods through the first six games of this entire series, we have seen two consecutive scoreless periods in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. Boston looks to advance to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1990, while Tampa Bay looks to book their first trip to the Final since 2004. The teams remain even at 0-0 in a riveting, bruising Game 7 after 40 minutes. It's the seventh time in NHL history that a Game 7 has gone 0-0 through two periods. 

The highlight of the period was likely Steven Stamkos taking a shot to the nose from Johnny Boychuk. A lot of the shot got Stamkos' visor, causing some to hypothesize that Stamkos may have been in much worse shape had he not been wearing one. The young Lightning star missed exactly one shift, and returned to the bench, with both a cage and one of the more exquisite scars we've seen in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Yet another reminder that hockey players are tougher than almost any other human beings in sports. 

The shots and offensive play in the period were once again dominated by Boston. The Bruins out-shot the Lightning by a count of 14-8 in the middle frame, and are now leading the statistic 29-17 through two periods. The biggest save of the period came from Dwayne Roloson once again, as he stoned Mark Recchi point blank on a fantastic chance, and then got him again from an equally opportunistic angle. There were no penalties for the second straight period. The Prince of Wales Trophy hangs in the balance in period three. 


Lightning Vs. Bruins, Game 7: Teams Scoreless After One Period

After a wild series with tons of goal scoring and only one shutout the entire series, we are 0-0 at the end of Game 7 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The Bruins are looking to make their first Stanley Cup Final since 1990, while the Lightning look to qualify for the first time since 2004. This was just the third scoreless period of this entire series. 

It was a largely Boston dominated period shotwise, though Tampa Bay made it very much an end-to-end game during long stretches. Boston out-shot Tampa 15-9 in the opening frame. Dwayne Roloson was superb, making a save on the period's only break-away, on Milan Lucic. Tim Thomas was also solid. All in all, though both teams got chances, with the exception of the Lucic break-away, most of them were very much stoppable chances. And the one great scoring chance got stopped. 

The period was also notable for their being no penalties the entire way through. Eric Brewer led the Lightning in ice time in the first period with 7:46 on the ice, while Zdeno Chara of the Bruins led all skaters with a notable 8:55 spent on the rink during the first period. So far, a tense, exciting game with a breathless pace. 

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