Bruins blow 3-0 lead, fall 5-3 to Lightning

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Bruins blow 3-0 lead, fall 5-3 to Lightning

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

TAMPA -- Everyone knew Game 4 at the St. Pete Times Forum would be a brutal battle on the ice, and thats exactly how it played out in Stanley Cup reality.

Bruins killer Simon Gagne took advantage of a grisly Milan Lucic turnover, and slipped a shot through the pads of Tim Thomas to supply the game-winning margin for the Lightning. Martin St. Louis added the empty netter to give the Lighting the 5-3 win and a 2-2 series tie headed back to Boston.

Lucics turnover set Ryan Malone off and running into the offensive zone, and the Tampa power forward fed to Gagne wide open in the slot.

Gagne, of course, was the Flyers forward that continuously thwarted the Bruins last season during their collapse in the second round of the postseason.

The Bruins owned the Lightning defense in the opening 20 minutes, pounded their defensemen into careless turnovers and built up an always frightening 3-0 lead on the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Patrice Bergeron led the way as he has for much of the playoff run, and potted a pair of goals including a shorthanded back-breaker from 50 feet away that squirted through Dwayne Rolosons pads and chased the 41year-old Tampa goalie out of the game.

A Michael Ryder rush and shot that ricocheted off Mike Lundins stick for a first period goal sandwiched between the Bergeron strikes, and the Bruins looked very good indeed headed into the second period.

But once against the three goal lead was exactly what the Bruins didnt need.

Boston got stormed in the second period with some heavy pressure, and it looked like a bad movie after Tampa Bay forced the door open.

A bad Tim Thomas hand-off behind the net opened things up for a Teddy Purcell goal when Zdeno Chara couldnt settle it down, and Purcell followed a minute later with a top shelf sniper shot over the glove hand.

A Sean Bergenheim goal tied things up midway through the second period, and the Bruins just barely managed to hang for a tie hockey game headed into the final 20 minutes.Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

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Wednesday, August 24: B's dealing with post-Vesey aftermath

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with the Olympics coming to a close . . .
 
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kirk Luedeke sorts through the aftermath for the Bruins after losing out on Jimmy Vesey

-- Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland gave an interview where he said the Red Wings aren’t Stanley Cup contenders this season. 

-- Related to Holland’s comments, some of the media in Detroit aren’t taking the dose of reality all that well

-- It’s a big season for New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, who will be starring for Team USA on the World Cup team. 

 -- PHT writer Cam Tucker says the Buffalo Sabres still have a strong group of forwards even without Jimmy Vesey.

-- Jamie Benn is giving everything to his Dallas Stars team, and that means that the World Cup of Hockey is taking a backseat
 
-- The Colorado Avalanche are nearing the end of their head coaching search as they look for their replacement for Patrick Roy.
 
-- For something completely different: NBC is making the argument that millenials watched the Olympics, but just not on the traditional formats
 

Tuesday, Aug. 23: What about NHLers in Olympics?

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Tuesday, Aug. 23: What about NHLers in Olympics?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while appreciating all the birthday wishes I got yesterday while turning 42 years old.

*With the World Cup of Hockey around the corner, there is still a decision pending on NHL players participating in the Olympics.

*With the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba still unable to agree on a contract extension, some are wondering about comparable contracts for the young D-man.

*In the strict interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Pete Sheppard and Jimmy Murphy on the Bruins from Monday afternoon.

*Marek Zidlicky is still a free agent option for teams seeking a cheap solution on their back end.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has the Ottawa Senators and Cody Ceci agreeing on a two-year contract extension after a summer without a deal.

*The Minnesota Wild do the right thing and officially change their goal song to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” for next season.

*For something completely different: there will be a "Hamilton" documentary and the question will be whether I see that before I see the actual play.