Bolts' win fueled by Bruins' miscues
The Lightning looked poised fall victim to the same miscues as they did in Game 3
Teddy Purcell's two goals in the second matched his playoff total prior to Game 4
The Lightning used physical play to provide a spark for their offense in the victory
TAMPA -- On Saturday afternoon, the Lightning turned it around as the Bruins struggled with turning the puck over. After a solid Game 3, in which Boston's sound neutral zone game stifled the Lightning attack, their sharpness seemed to begin wearing down.
Seven minutes into the third period, with the score knotted at 3-3, Bruins forward Milan Lucic made a casual pass in the neutral zone, promptly intercepted by Tampa Bay forward Ryan Malone, who barreled into the zone. With Bruins defenseman Tomas Kaberle laboring in his end after taking a shot in the foot just moments before, Malone found linemate Simon Gagne, who rifled a shot past Boston goalie Tim Thomas, giving the Lightning the go-ahead goal in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. With the 5-3 win over the Bruins, coming back after trailing by three after the first, the Lightning evened the series at St. Pete Times Forum, avoiding the brink of elimination.
It had been a tale of two periods up to that point, with each team having their turn at the best and worst of times. Tampa Bay, which had paid for a costly mistake early in Game 3, couldn't seem to avoid them again early in Game 4. At 8:13, Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman turned the puck over behind his net, and it immediately found Patrice Bergeron, who banked in a shot between goalie Dwayne Roloson's pads from a sharp angle. Five minutes later, a neutral zone turnover forced by Bruins center Chris Kelly led to a goal by Michael Ryder, who extended his point streak for five straight games, his longest all season. And just 84 seconds later, it was Lightning center Steve Stamkos, on the power play, who coughed up a puck at the red line to Bergeron, who scored a short-handed goal, his second unassisted of the afternoon.