The Tampa Bay Lightning managed to pull off the series-tying victory following a roller coaster of emotions, rallying back from a 3-0 first-quarter deficit to shock the Boston Bruins. Mike Smith was perfect in substitution of goaltender Dwayne Roloson, and Simon Gagne netted a tie in the third quarter for the Lightning, who erased an early three-goal deficit and tied the Eastern Conference finals with a 5-3 victory in Game 4 over the Bruins on Saturday. Odds.
Roloson was pulled in the first period after he failed to stop goals from hitting the net. Roloson allowed three goals on nine shots. Smith came on and made 21 saves as the Lightning avoided dropping into a big gap against the surging Bruins. Gagne scored the winning goal last season for Philadelphia when the Flyers rebounded from a 3-0 series deficit and a 3-0 hole in Game 7 to beat the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Teddy Purcell scored twice in the second period when the Lightning tied it at 3. Tampa Bay also got a goal from Sean Bergenheim, who leads the NHL with nine playoff goals after scoring 14 times during the regular season. Martin St. Louis sealed the win in the final minute with an empty-net goal. Scores.
In the end it was Gagne who handed the Lightning a 4-3 advantage when he beat Tim Thomas from the right circle 7 minutes into the third period after Tampa Bay left wing Ryan Malone stole the puck near the blue line. The Lightning outshot the Bruins 9-1 through the first seven minutes of the period after scoring three unanswered goals in the second. Las Vegas odds.
Boston will host Game 5 on Monday.
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