Morning Mashup: Lightning Even Series With Bruins


Hopefully everyone survived rapture. The Tampa Bay Lightning survived yesterday and evened the series at twos by overcoming a 3-0 deficit (once again proving the most dangerous lead in hockey Boston) to win Game 4. What was most surprising to hear from members of the Lightning after the game was the calmness that head coach Guy Boucher showed during the first intermission, when he successfully refocused his team. Yes, this same guy. Anyone want to dispute the statement that the Lightning have had a major coaching advantage in this series?

Backup Mike Smith put in the grunt work, stopping 21 saves in relief of Dwayne Roloson, who was pulled after allowing a trio of goals. Tampa’s grinder power came through again as Teddy Purcell had a pair, while Sean Bergenheim scored his ninth of the playoffs. Oft-injured winger Simon Gagne sealed the deal with the game winner past Tim Thomas. Despite a shaky outing, Roloson is expected to return for Game 5 on Monday.

Playoff Links:

Lightning use big rally, get even with Bruins 2-2

Tampa Bay rallies from three goal deficit to defeat the Bruins 5-3 in Game 4.

Saturday’s Three Stars: Smith’s relief aids in Tampa’s comeback

Last night’s three stars courtesy of Puck Daddy

Other Hockey Links:

Hundreds turn out to remember Rangers’ Boogaard

Many of Boogaard’s family members, friends, and teammates came out to pay their respects at his funeral yesterday.

Better Know A Prospect: Ty Rattie

A prospect profile on Portland Winterhawks winger Ty Rattie from Puckin Eh.

Non-Maple Leafs I kind of admired, but hated, in the good old days

Another great read from VLM

Memorial Cup Links:

Owen Sound whips Kootenay in opener

The Attack open the Memorial Cup on a high note after shutting out the Kootenay Ice 5-0.

Sea Dogs: Leave It To The Kids

Justin Fisher recaps the Sea Dogs 4-3 win over the Mississauga Majors on Friday.

Your Say:

Do you think the Lightning would have been in a different position if not for the up-and-down play of Simon Gagne? How will the Bruins respond in Game 5?