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Two-Goal Second Period Gives Thomas, Bruins 3-2 Lead In Eastern Conference Finals

The Tampa Bay Lightning held the Boston Bruins to just eight shots in the second period of Monday’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the TD Garden. The Bruins only needed two. Goals by Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand in the second period gave the Bruins the lead, and Tim Thomas stopped 33 […]

Video: Tim Thomas Stick Save on Steve Downie in Bruins-Lightning Game 5

The Bruins won Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals 3-1 to take a 3-2 series lead. Tim Thomas made 33 saves, but perhaps none were bigger than the stop he made on Steve Downie in the third period. Thomas dove back to cover up his open net when Downie (no relation to myself) fired […]

5 Tidbits on Bruins-Lightning Going Into Game 5

Here are 5 musings about the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Bruins and Tampa BayLightning heading into Game 5 tonight at the Garden. The series is tied at two games apiece. 1. Cooling the Jets So the Bruins blew a GOLDEN opportunity. There’s no way getting around it. After one period of play Saturday, in Game 3, […]

5 Tidbits From Bruins-Lightning ECF Series Going Into Game 4

Here are five thoughts on the Boston/Tampa Bay Eastern Conference Finals series thus far. The Bruins took a one-game lead following a 2-0 win in Game 3. 1. Size vs Skill.. vs. Heart Through three games, this series is shaking out much like the opening round against Montreal for the Bruins. Boston has the edge in size, and […]

Thomas Unstoppable; Bergeron Returns As Bruins Take 2-1 Series Lead

Defense made an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals Thursday night. After scoring a combined 18 goals in the first two games of the series, the Lightning and Bruins played a little closer to the way we expected. Only two shots found the back of the net, both to the Bruins advantage to give them […]

Tyler Seguin’s 2 Goals Steal Show in Game 2 Thriller

In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, rookie forward Tyler Seguin proved to Bruins fans and more importantly the coaching staff that he belongs on the ice. Seguin exploded in the second period, igniting the Bruins to a 6-5 win, knotting up the series at one game a piece. Down 2-1 to start the […]

Lightning Zap Bruins 5-2 to Take Game 1

Playing in their first Eastern Conference Finals since 1992, the Bruins seemed a bit overwhelmed in Game 1 on Saturday night. Or, perhaps they were a bit rusty (they hadn’t played in more than a week). Whatever it was, it wasn’t good and needs to change if the Bruins have any shot of advancing to […]

Podcast: Bruins Catching Lightning in a Bottle?

The Boston Bruins kick off their Eastern Conference Finals match-up against the Tampa Bay Lightning this Saturday. I had Mark Marino of TheHubOfHockey.Net on my podcast to discuss the B’s playoff run, the role of 98.5 The Sports Hub in the team’s resurgence into the Boston sports market, the ownership woes of the 90’s, and to preview the […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 26

After a long season, the playoff bracket will be set Sunday night, quite possibly in the final game between Dallas in Minnesota. Even with half a week to go, only the three Western divisions have been clinched; no other Western slot has been clinched. Buffalo and New York are still hanging onto their spots, but […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 25

It’s almost time for the playoffs, and five of the spots have been locked up so far. But only Vancouver has clinched a division, and they’ve even clinched their conference, and their magic number is down to four points to clinch the President’s Trophy. It’s still pretty packed out West otherwise, though Chicago and the […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 24

No more than ten games remain for anyone, yet only three playoff spots have been officially wrapped up, and only one of those a division. The excitement continues to be in the middle of the West’s pack, where three points separate #5 from #10. A maximum of three points separate any playoff team from the […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 23

We’re coming up on the last 10 games of the season, and it’s just as exciting as it ever was. If it weren’t for those games in hand, Philadelphia would be in trouble. Vancouver isn’t too far away from clinching that President’s Trophy. It’s still a logjam out West, and Anaheim is just one win […]

If the Playoffs Started Today – NHL Week 22

Only one month remains in the season, and there’s still a lot to be hashed out. The Devils are still making an improbable run. Five points separates #4 from #11 out west. Even the Flyers aren’t safe, with Boston and now Washington right behind them. One of the few sure things right now appears to […]

Bruins Zap Lightning, Take Over 2nd In East

Just two weeks ago, the Bruins had probably their ugliest loss of the season: a 4-3 defeat against the lowly Maple Leafs that came on the heels of back-to-back losses to the Detroit Red Wings. It was clear then that they were probably not good enough to make a deep run in the playoffs. Then, […]

Ice Breakers: Bruins-Lightning, Thursday March 3rd

It had to end some time, and unfortunately, that end came on Tuesday night in Ottawa. Now, the Bruins (37-19-7) return home to TD Garden from their season-long six-game road trip, to host the high-flying Tampa Bay Lightning (37-19-7) this evening. 6-0-0. Looks pretty nice, doesn’t it? That was the record the Bruins put up […]