BOSTON — With a perfect 4-for-4 penalty kill and a save from Tim Thomas that left everyone thinking his stick had some magic in it, the Bruins pulled within one win of the Stanley Cup Final tonight.
Despite getting outshot, 34-20, the Bruins got timely goals from Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand to rally from an early deficit and defeat Tampa Bay, 3-1, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final at the TD Garden.
With a win in Game 6 Wednesday in Tampa, the Bruins can advance to the Final for the first time since 1990.
Here’s a quick glance at the box score:
•The Bruins had to kill off three first-period power plays when they were already behind, 1-0. With the Lightning man-advantage extinguished, the Bruins picked up speed from there.
“I think it kind of actually did the same thing in our favor that it did in their favor last game. We had those two early power plays in the second period [in Game 4] and we didn’t do much. They built momentum off that,” said head coach Claude Julien. “And I know when [Horton] came out after that second one there, he scored a big goal and got us back in the game. So it did build momentum. I think our penalty kill did a great job tonight for us.”
•Thomas made a miraculous stick save on Steve Downie in the third period. More on that later.
•Rich Peverley scored the empty-net goal.
•The Lightning had taken the lead just 69 seconds into the game on a Simon Gagne shot on a 2-on-1.
•Boston bounced back at the faceoff dots with 41 wins and just 30 losses. David Krejci led the way with a 14-for-22 night.