TAMPA — With the return of Patrice Bergeron, the Bruins are finally whole up front again.
And with Tim Thomas back to his old goal-denying ways, there just might not be any way to stop Boston.
The Bruins took a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Final tonight by shutting out Tampa Bay, 2-0, behind 31 saves by Thomas at the St. Pete Times Forum.
Game 4 is Saturday afternoon at the same venue.
Here’s a quick glance at the box score:
•David Krejci got the Bruins on the board first for the first time in the series with a goal just 1:09 into the game. Andrew Ference added the insurance goal with 8:12 elapsed in the third period.
•If Bergeron was feeling any effects from his concussion of two weeks ago, he didn’t show them. He finished the night with two shots on net and 64-percent proficiency (18-for-28) at the faceoff dot in his first game since May 6.
•Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with four of the team’s 19 hits. He was also second to D partner Dennis Seidenberg with 28:27 of ice time. Seidenberg skated three more seconds.
•The Lightning’s Brett Clark was charged with six giveaways in just 13:42 of ice time. That’s almost impossible.