Bruins drop series opener to Lightning, 5-2

Bruins drop series opener to Lightning, 5-2
May 15, 2011, 2:58 am
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By Mary Paoletti

BOSTON -- Home ice was no advantage for the Bruins as Tampa Bay stole the Eastern Conference Finals opener, 5-2, on Saturday night.

The bulk of the scoring came early and, for Tampa, quickly. The Lightning struck three times in less than a minute-and-a-half during the first period.

Sean Bergenheim got the first goal. Teammate Steve Downie forced Bruins blueliner Dennis Seidenberg off his stick with a solid forecheck. When a rebound came loose his way, Seidenberg tried to kick the puck out, only to send it a net-hugging Bergenheim. Tampa Bay was on the board at 11:15.

Brett Clark scored -- his first goal of the playoffs -- 19 seconds later on a soft backhand bid.

A Tomas Kaberle turnover by the Boston net set Teddy Purcell up for Tampa's third goal of the period.

Boston's first-period goal was scored by rookie Tyler Seguin. The 19-year old burst through the neutral zone, sending Lightning defenseman Mike Lundin spinning. Seguin beat Dwayne Roloson glove side with one quick, pretty move to make the score 3-1.

Chris Kelly scored in garbage time to give Boston itssecond tally, but the game was far gone. Simon Gagne had buried Tampa'sfifth and final dagger -- an empty netter -- with less than threeminutes to play in regulation. The goal was tacked onto Marc-AndreBergeron third-period power play goal from the left point.

Boston will look to bounce back in Game 2 on Tuesday.
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