From Abdelkader to Zuccarello – 18 May 2011

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Tampa Bay Lightning 5 Boston Bruins 6 Series tied 1-1

Just a year ago Tyler Seguin was preparing for the NHL Entry Draft as a player for the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) now he is having a four point night in the NHL playoffs as a member of the Boston Bruins.

It took a mere 13 seconds after the opening face-off for Lightning to stroke at TB Garden. Tampa’s Adam Hall scored his first of the post season when he put a backhanded shot past Tim Thomas.

Hall would take a penalty later in the period for roughing that would see Boston’s Nathan Horton tip-in a shot from Dennis Seidenberg with one second remaining on the penalty.

Looking like the game was going to head into the first intermission tied 1-1 it would Matrin St. Louis with a tip-in goal of his own off of a shot by Steven Stamkos to give Tampa the 2-1 lead heading into intermission just seconds before the buzzer.

The second period would belong to Seguin as he would score just 48 seconds into the second to tie the game for the Bruins.

Less than two minutes after David Krejeci would give Boston the go ahead goal that would lead to Seguin increasing it to a two goal lead.

By 6:30 in the second period the score had come from 2-1 Lightning to 4-2 Bruins.

A cross checking penalty to Bruins Mark Recchi would lead to a power play goal by Tampa’s captain Vincent Lecavalier to bring the game within one for the Lightning. Fittingly it would be a hooking penalty to Lecavalier that would see the Boston head to the power play where Michael Ryder would go backhand off of a pass from Seguin to regain the two goal lead.

Ryder would score again with less than a minute remaining in the period with the assist going to Chris Kelly and Seguin to make it 6-3 for the Bruins.

The third period would see Mike Smith replace Dwayne Roloson in net for the Lightning and spark something of a comeback.

Less than four minutes into the third Stamkos would put a snap shot past Tim Thomas to bring the game within two.

It would be Dominic Moore nearly ten minutes later with a wrist shot to bring the game within a goal. It would not be enough for the Lightning to take a 2-0 lead in the series; but the teams head to Tampa for games three and four with the series split one apiece.

Up into the Netting

The Groups for the 2012 IIHF Worlds have been set…

Playing in Helsinki (Finland) at Hartwall:
Finland, Canada, USA, Slovakia, Switzerland, France, Kazakhstan, Belarus.

Playing in Stockholm (Sweden) at Globen: Sweden, Russia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Latvia, Italy.

With the Phoenix Coyotes staying put will the Atlanta Thrashers move to Winnipeg? True North seeks Winnipeg’s help with debt to try and make it happen.

Philadelphia Flyers Dan Carcillo suspended for first two games of 2011-12 Regular season for abusing officials.

Has the Grind Line returned? Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski sends praise of Steve Yzerman’s ‘Grind Line 2’ with the Lightning.

Too Many Men on the site have been running their mock draft – check out the Boston Bruins number nine pick.

Today’s Playoff Lineup

San Jose Sharks at Vancouver Canucks
Game 2; Canucks lead 1-0
9:00 p.m. EST on Versus, CBC, and RDS