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2011 NHL Playoffs: Lightning Tie Series At Two, Canucks Take A 3-1 Lead Over The Sharks

Eastern Conference

Boston Bruins 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 5 -- The Boston Bruins seemed to be cruising to a 3-1 stranglehold on the Eastern Conference Finals with a quick 3-0 first period lead over Tampa Bay on Saturday night, but the Lightning weren't quite to give up on their Stanley Cup dreams.

Tampa scored five unanswered goals to take the game 5-3 and tie the series at two a piece. Mike Smith came in for an ineffective Dwayne Roloson in net and didn't allow another Bruin goal. Teddy Purcell scored two in a row in the second period and Sean Bergenheim and Simon Gagne scored to give the Lightning the lead. Martin St. Louis added an empty netter to finish off the scoring for Tampa Bay.

Series is tied, 2-2

 

Western Conference

Vancouver Canucks 4, San Jose Sharks 2 -- The Canucks scored on three straight five-on-three situations (yes, three) in less than two minutes to take a 3-1 series lead on the Sharks with the teams headed back to Vancouver on Tuesday night. Sami Salo scored twice, with Ryan Kesler also getting in on the act. Henrik Sedin finished the game with assists on all four of Vancouver's goals. 

Canucks lead the series, 3-1

 

Next Scheduled Game

Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins , 6:00 p.m. MST, on Versus and CBC -- The pivotal game 5 takes place back in Boston as the Bruins look to regroup after surrendering a three goal lead on Saturday night. There has not been an update on how will start in goal for Tampa, but it looks as if Roloson will again get the call.

Series is tied, 2-2