Gagne/By S. Bradley

TAMPA — Over the years the Bruins have been involved in numerous trade rumors involving forward Simon Gagne.

Unfortunately for them and lucky for him those deals never materialized.

The speedster again victimized the Bruins today, as he scored the third-period game-winning goal in a 5-3 Tampa Bay victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final at the St. Pete Times Forum.

The series is now tied up at two games apiece.

Gagne just last spring scored four goals, including two game-winners (including Game 7), in Philadelphia’s playoff-series victory over Boston. So the question was posed after the Lightning’s win if Gagne is the “Bruins killer.”

“Actually, that’s the first time I’ve heard it,” he said. “It’s funny but like I said, whatever happened last year, personally that’s something I’m always going to remember. That’s for sure. But now this year it’s a different thing. I’m with a different team. I would like to do it again but it’s still not done. It’s 2-2.

“Whatever happened today even, getting the game-winner, we didn’t win the series. It’s 2-2. We’ll focus on the next game first and we’ll talk about that nickname later.”

Tampa Bay head coach Guy Boucher didn’t want to give Gagne any funny nicknames except maybe “Mr. Clutch.”

“It’s a different year. It’s a different team. But there’s one thing that’s never changed and that’s Gagne is a money player. He’s a clutch player. He’s always been,” said Boucher. “And I guess when he’s not, it’s because he’s retired, because I’ve seen him in junior. I was lucky enough to see him play in junior, and you saw him at the Olympics, too. And whenever it’s a big moment, you know he’s there.”