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Three power-play goals cost Bruins Game 6 despite Krejci hat trick

May 25, 2011

Teddy Purcell's two goals along with Marty St. Louis' additional two goals gave the Lightning the 5-4 victory. (Getty)

After holding down the Tampa Bay power-play all series, the Lightning‘s most dynamic asset came alive in a big way, scoring three times and forcing a Game 7 with a 5-4 win. Teddy Purcell and Martin St. Louis had two goal games in the win and David Krejci had a hat trick in the loss. Neither goalie was very good in the game, Dwayne Roloson made 16 saves in the win and Tim Thomas made just 21 in the loss.

The Bruins lapses in the first minute were a problem and cost them the first goal when Teddy Purcell ripped home a wrist shot off the faceoff for the first goal. Vincent Lecavalier won the faceoff cleanly and fed back to Purell in the shooter’s position. Purcell ripped it all in one motion and it went through two layers of screens and past a helpless Tim Thomas blocker side.

The Lightning carried over the momentum for a few shifts before the Bruins found their footing, bearing down. Milan Lucic would quickly tie the game up when he ripped off a nice wrist shot, similar to Purcell’s, beating Dwayne Roloson high glove side. Roloson was screened out high and couldn’t react in time to stop the labeled shot. The Lightning got too many men caught up towards the Bruins end, letting the Bruins pass through the neutral zone easily.

The Bruins would get the first power-play a shift or two later but couldn’t get much doing even with the three-defensemen look with Zdeno Chara out front. Guy Boucher needed to use his timeout because a long time in the Bolts’ zone and iced it afterwards when Ryan Malone got out of the box. The Bruins would get the second power-play of the when Eric Brewer was sent off for tripping. The Lightning bore down, got a bunch of full-ice clears and generally kept the Bruins from setting up in the Tampa Bay zone.

David Krejci would give the Bruins the lead late in the period when a turnover at the Tampa Bay blue line turned into a quick spat of offense and Krejci walked in all alone and picked the top corner on Roloson with a beauty. Daniel Paille stood up at the blue line and forced the turnover. The low shot total, 8-4 in favor of the Bruins, showed how Roloson wasn’t quite on his game but all goals were tough glove saves to make.

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Victor Hedman would continue the Lightning’s penalty fest with an early high stick in the second period. The Bruins got one decent look on net, by a sneaky Zdeno Chara but didn’t sustain much pressure against the aggressive penalty-killers of Tampa Bay. The Bruins followed up with a good 5-on-5 shift in the Tampa Bay zone, building pressure on Roloson. The Bruins would then take their first penalty of the game when Dennis Seidenberg was sent off for cross-checking. The Lightning would score early on on a chaotic play that saw Tim Thomas get out of position. Amidst the scrum out front Johnny Boychuk was left alone to defend two players and eventually Martin St. Louis found the puck in traffic and backhanded it into the empty net.

Milan Lucic would quickly drew a penalty on Eric Brewer going for a loose puck, giving the Bruins power-play an immediate chance to respond. The Bruins wouldn’t do much in their fourth effort and the Lightning fans fed off the surge of momentum. The Lightning would get another power-play, a seemingly makeup call for the past penalty with about eight minutes left in the second. Purcell would get his second of the night, after a good start to the kill by the Bruins with a one-timer from the dot, beating Thomas blocker side. The shot hit off Thomas’ blocker, then body and squirted between his armpit and in for the go-ahead goal.

The Lightning would get a bunch of chances at the end of the period, circling the Bruins net, sensing that Thomas wasn’t on his game tonight and nearly scoring a few times. Andrew Ference would take a cross-checking penalty with less than a minute left in the period when Thomas was caught out of position and Seidenberg had to cover up the puck long enough for Thomas to freeze it. The Bruins would kill off the first part of the penalty but the Bolts would carry over 1:06 into the third period with a one-goal lead in hand.

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Steven Stamkos would get the Bolts a key power-play goal in the remainder of the power-play when a scramble in the Bruins zone left Stamkos alone in his home at the dot and as everyone committed middle leaving Stamkos open to hammer home the one-timer for the bullet of a goal making Tampa’s power-play 3-for-3 in doing so and digging a deep hole for the Bruins to climb out of in not a lot of time.

Tomas Kaberle would put the Bruins in a deeper hole, taking an interference penalty when the Bruins had the puck. Lecavalier would go to the box towards the end of the power-play when he was called for hooking behind the Bruins net. This gave the Bruins an eventual 1:20 time of power-play time. The Bruins would get that crucial power-play goal when Nathan Horton threw a shot pass across the zone from the side boards to David Krejci out front. Krejci tipped it, getting in between the defensemen and catching Roloson guessing shot. Marty St. Louis would respond with a goal just seconds later when a bad pinch by Boychuk led to a 2-on-1 the other way in which Steve Downie held on, getting Thomas to commit and then feeding St. Louis at the last second for the defacto empty netter.

David Krejci responded once again, again with a tip out front that Roloson booted into his own net after losing his stick. Milan Lucic shot it fron the dot and Krejci was camped out front with his stick down for the tip past an awkward Roloson attempt.

With 1:20 left the Bruins pulled their goalie and with 45 seconds left took their timeout. The Bruins got some decent pressure but couldn’t get set up in the Tampa Bay zone well enough to create a good enough scoring opportunity and Game 6 went by the wayside, as the Bolts forced a Game 7.

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