By Danny Picard
BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Tim Thomas turned it another brilliant performance, making 33 saves, and Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand erased a 1-0 deficit with second-period goals as the Bruins defeated the Lightning, 3-1, Monday night at TD Garden and took a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
The Bruins can close out the series and move onto the Stanley Cup finals with a win in Game 6 Wednesday night in Tampa.
Horton tied the game at 1-1 at 4:24 of the second period when he blasted a one-timer from the top of the left circle past a sprawling Mike Smith, who couldnt get to the right post in time after Milan Lucic sent a hard, cross-ice pass from the right circle.
Marchand, after going hard to the left post, followed it up with a one-timer of his own and knocking home a Patrice Bergeron pass from the opposite corner with 4:04 left in the period, putting Boston ahead to stay.Rich Peverley added an empty-net goal at the end.
Simon Gagne had given the Lightning a 1-0 lead when he finished off a 2-on-1 with a shot to the left side of the net just 1:09 into the game. The odd-man rush started when David Krejci was manhandled in front of the Lightning bench, as he tried to slow down Tampa Bay's offensive attack. Steven Stamkos turned it up the right wing, faked a shot from the right circle, and put a pass across the slot to Gagne for the early lead. Danny Picard is on twitter at http:twitter.comdannypicard.