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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Rapid Reaction: B's 6, Lightning 5

By James Murphy



BOSTON -- The Bruins evened the Eastern Conference finals behind a brilliant performance from rookie Tyler Seguin, who had two goals and two assists in leading the Bruins to a 6-5 win in Game 2 on Tuesday. The Bruins exploded for five goals in the second period to lead 6-3, then held on behind 13 third-period saves from Tim Thomas, who finished the game with 36 saves.

Michael Ryder had two goals and an assist, Nathan Horton had a goal and two assists, Tomas Kaberle had two assists, and Dennis Seidenberg had two helpers for the Bruins. The Bruins also went 2-for-6 on the power play.

Vincent Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos led the way for the Lightning, as Lecavalier had a goal and three assists, and Stamkos had a goal and two assists.

The kid’s got game. With Bruins fans and media clamoring for more playing time for rookie Tyler Seguin after he scored a goal and added an assist in his first career playoff game in Game 1, the kid delivered again with an electrifying performance in Game 2. Seguin scored two goals and added two helpers, which led to cheers every time he touched the puck and “Let’s go Seguin” chants when he stepped on the ice. Seguin became only the third teenager in the past 20 seasons with a multigoal playoff game, joining Jordan Staal (2008) and Dainius Zubrus (1997). With Seguin collecting six points in his first two playoff games, coach Claude Julien will be hard-pressed not to give Seguin more playing time even when Patrice Bergeron returns.

Five-goal explosion. After dominating in the first period but allowing a goal in the first and last minutes of the frame, the Bruins found themselves trailing 2-1. But instead of letting frustration get the best of them, the Bruins persisted and kept the pressure in the middle frame. The result was a five-goal period and their biggest offensive output in a playoff game since April 11, 1991, when they scored six against the Hartford Whalers. Those five second-period goals chased Dwayne Roloson from the game, as the Lightning turned to Mike Smith for the final period. Roloson allowed six goals on 27 shots, and Smith stopped eight in the third, not allowing a goal.

Kaberle answers the critics. Defenseman Tomas Kaberle was under heavy scrutiny for his failure to help jump-start the power play and for having only three assists going into Game 2. But Tuesday night, Kaberle looked more like the puck-moving playmaker the Bruins thought they were getting when they acquired him from Toronto on Feb. 18. Kaberle helped set up two power-play goals and looked much more confident with the puck.

Savvy inspiring power play. With the Bruins on a power play midway through the first period, Bruins center Marc Savard was shown on the giant video screen and the TD Garden crowd gave him a standing ovation. Savard was a key to the Bruins' power-play success before he suffered another concussion in January and had to call it a season. Well, that moment must have inspired the Bruins' power play, as they went 2-for-6 on the man advantage. They’re now 4-for-47 on the power play in the playoffs.

Horton and Lucic getting it done. In Game 1, the Bruins had minimal net-front presence, making life easy for Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson. But in Game 2, clearly part of the game plan was to bang some bodies around in front, and that’s what Boston did, with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton leading the way. Horton ended up with a goal and two assists, and while Lucic didn’t register a point, his physical play led to points and he was a factor in the Bruins' attack.

Ryder riding high again. Michael Ryder found his scoring touch again with a two-goal performance. Ryder also assisted on Tyler Seguin’s first goal of the night. Ryder hadn’t scored a goal since scoring a pair and the overtime winner in Game 4 against Montreal in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Bruins better in faceoffs. After being dominated at the faceoff dot 41-25 in Game 1, the Bruins bounced back nicely in Game 2, winning on faceoffs 41-32 for a 56 percent success rate. Rich Peverley led the way at the dot, winning 15 of 20 faceoffs for a 75 percent success rate.

Bergeron sits again. Despite taking part in the morning skate Tuesday, center Patrice Bergeron missed his second straight game as he continues to recover from a mild concussion. He is day-to-day and could play in Game 3. With Bergeron out and Tyler Seguin back in, here’s what the forward lines looked like in Game 2:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton(
Brad Marchand-Rich Peverley-Mark Recchi(
Michael Ryder-Chris Kelly(-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Note: Seguin and Kelly switched off at center.