23 May 2011
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Record: Lightning 2 Bruins 2
Previous games: Game 1: 3-2 Lightning, Game 2: 6-5 Bruins, Game 3: 2-0 Bruins, Game 4: 5-3 LightningGame time: 8:00pm EST on CBC (HD), Versus (HD), RDS (HD) and on the radio
First off, I know I wrote that I would have some more thoughts up on the game later, but obviously I didn't. It's going to be a crazy couple of days at LHB headquarters until Wednesday's game, so bear with me. Bruins pun not intended.
Last game, I said it was a must-win and well, we did win it. Now the series is all even heading back to Boston for game five. This series can go either way right now. Whoever wins tonight has the momentum coming back to Tampa on Wednesday to win it all.
What the boys need to do is play like they did in the 2nd and 3rd period of Game 4. They were calm even after ending the 1st period down 3-0 and Purcell had the game of his playoff career so far.
Let's stop with the speculation, Roloson will play. I know Boucher loves his mind games, but let's not kid ourselves and think Mike Smith is going to start tonight. Big ups to him for being solid in net on Saturday, but he's not going to start Game 5 because when Roloson is on, Roloson is leagues better than Smith.
As for Steve Downie, he made the trip with the team, but who knows if he'll play tonight. It was sad to see a diving call get made on a player that had to leave the ice and not return for the rest of the game. It made the refs look stupid, and it was the wrong call.
- Lightning injuries: Pavel Kubina, Steve Downie
Your pre-game reading links:
- Official Lightning preview
- Raw Charge game preview
- Tampa fans created a human lightning bolt at the airport that the players could see as their plane left (Raw Charge)