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NHL: Lightning level series by striking Bruins

Reuters, TAMPA, FLORIDA

The Tampa Bay Lightning rebounded from a three-goal deficit by scoring five times in the final two periods to strike down the Boston Bruins 5-3 in Game 4 on Saturday.

The Lightning’s victory tied the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final series at 2-2 with Game 5 set for Boston today.

“We knew we could do it,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher told reporters. “We’ve been extremely resilient. We came back so many times this year, and everyone knows that in the third period, we keep coming and coming.”

Patrice Bergeron scored two goals and Michael Ryder added one as the Bruins raced into a 3-0 lead in the first period, chasing Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson from the net.

Bergeron’s second goal was a shorthanded effort that beat -Roloson through the legs from the top of the circle, prompting Boucher to make the switch.

Teddy Purcell sparked the Lightning rally with two goals 63 seconds apart in the second period and Sean Bergenheim, the NHL’s leading goal scorer in the playoffs, scored his ninth to tie the game three minutes later.

“After they scored a few goals, we almost looked like we were paralyzed out there,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “We weren’t reacting, we weren’t moving and it snowballed from there.”

Simon Gagne scored the game-winner early in the third period at the St Pete Times Forum and Martin St Louis added an insurance goal into an empty net.

On the game-winning goal, Gagne skated through the slot unmarked and took a nice backhand pass from Ryan Malone before sliding the puck through Tim Thomas’ legs.

“Gagne is a money player. He’s a clutch player, and he’s always been,” Boucher said. “Whenever it’s a big moment, you know he’s there.”

Mike Smith, in relief for Roloson, stopped all 21 shots he faced.

It is the second time Roloson has been pulled in the last three games.

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