Final

Series (Game 4 of 4)

Boston leads 3-1

Game 1: Monday, October 10th
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Game 2: Friday, December 30th
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Game 3: Saturday, January 7th
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Game 4: Saturday, February 11th
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Lightning 6

(32-22-4, 68 pts)

Bruins 5

(24-24-10, 58 pts)

7:00 PM ET, February 11, 2006

TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

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TB 1 2 36
BOS 3 1 15

D. Boyle (Lightning - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

B. Boyes (Bruins - RW): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

P. Bergeron (Bruins - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

Lightning strike, gets first Boston win in 12 years

BOSTON (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning kept up their strong play and ended a long drought in Boston.

Dmitry Afanasenkov and Vaclav Prospal scored two goals apiece, and the Tampa Bay Lightning won in Boston for the first time in nearly 12 years with a 6-5 victory over the Bruins on Saturday night.

"Somebody mentioned we hadn't won here in a long time," Lightning goalie John Grahame said. "It was nice to get the monkey off our back and continue to play the way we've been playing."

Tampa Bay's only franchise victory in Boston came on April 9, 1994, and the Lightning were 0-16-5 here since. The Lightning also averted a season sweep as the Bruins had won the first three matchups.

"This was one of the craziest games I've ever been involved with," Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "There were more fluky goals than I've ever seen in my life."

Dan Boyle and Brad Richards had three assists for the Lightning, who are 10-2-1 over the last 13 games. Tampa Bay has outscored its opponents 15-5 in the third period during that stretch.

Prospal scored the winning goal during a two-man advantage with 6:12 remaining in regulation.

"For us it has been a really good stretch," Prospal said. "The last game was important to win before the (Olympic) break."

Ryan Craig tied the game at 5-all for Tampa Bay with 10:57 remaining when Tim Taylor fed him a pass from behind the net that he slid past Bruins goalie Tim Thomas.

Dan LaCouture and Afanasenkov traded goals prior to Craig's goal. LaCouture scored a short-handed goal on a 2-on-1 breakout with Patrice Bergeron.

"Tampa Bay turned it up," LaCouture said. "There were some bizarre plays, but there is still a lot of hockey left."

Brad Boyes had three assists for the Bruins, who gave up leads of 3-1, 4-3 and 5-4. The Bruins also committed nine minor penalties including six in the third period.

"I'm not sure how to assess this game, but we missed an opportunity" Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. "I didn't understand the nature of some of the penalties.

Grahame made 21 saves and gave up 14 goals in three games against his former team this season.

Midway through the second period, Prospal and Afanasenkov scored 46 seconds apart to tie the score at 3.

But Glen Murray regained the lead for the Bruins when his shot from the corner deflected off the stick of Richards past Grahame with 2:33 remaining in the second.

After Ruslan Fedotenko put Tampa Bay ahead 1-0, Bergeron with two and Tom Fitzgerald combined to score three straight goals in a span of 7:19 to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead at the 12:36 mark of the first period.

Tampa Bay disputed the second Boston goal after Lightning defenseman Cory Sarich pushed Bergeron who toppled onto Grahame. This allowed Brian Leetch's slap shot to redirect off Bergeron and sneak under the fallen Grahame.

Brad Stuart had two assists for Boston and Fitzgerald scored his first goal since Oct 13.

Game notes


Thomas was pulled with 6:12 remaining in the third. ... Tampa Bay is 40-4-4 since the 2003-04 season when Richards scores a goal. ...Sergei Samsonov missed his second straight game for Boston. ... Boston is 9-2-2 against the Southeast Division while Tampa Bay is 3-10-1 against the Northeast Division.

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