Sean Bergenheim is emerging as a John Druce-esque unsung playoff hero. Bergenheim's sixth and seventh goals in the second period of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal has him half-way to Druce's 14 goals for the Washington Capitals in 1990. Bergenheim's pair gives the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 lead on those very same Capitals after two periods at the St. Pete Times Forum. Tampa is now one period from sweeping the series.
Bergenheim's line, with Dominic Moore and Steve Downie (The DMB Line?) has put up terrific numbers in the post-season, as Downie now has nine assists. Both linemates set up Bergenheim for a wrister at 4:41 to make it 2-1 Lightning. Another Bergenheim wrister from Moore at 12:34 beat Michal Neuvirth to put Tampa Bay up 3-1 at 12:34. Sometimes an entire line can take flight for a playoff season, reminiscent of the A Line in New Jersey during the 2000 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Capitals got one back from a somewhat unlikely source. John Erskine ripped an unassisted wrist-shot past Dwayne Roloson at 13:40. The Lightning had a late-period power play chance to maybe finish the Caps for good, or at least make the distance more difficult, but the Capitals killed it off. Still, Washington is 20 minutes away from what would be a potentially embarrassing elimination in Tampa Bay.