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2011 NHL Playoffs: Lightning Implode In Second Period, Give Up Five Goals

OK, so the first period was definitely not the worst period the Tampa Bay Lightning could have played. The second one was much worse. In what might be the worst period of playoff hockey the Lightning have ever played, the Boston Bruins scored five times and lead 6-3 after two periods in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Tyler Seguin had two goals and two assists in the period, while Michael Ryder added two more goals and an assist. David Krejci also scored for Boston, who jumped on the Lightning with three goals in the first 6:30 of the second period. The scoring chances continued unabated for the Bruins, as the lack of defensive speed on the Lightning bench was badly exposed by Seguin and the other speedy Boston forwards.

Vincent Lecavalier scored on the power play, and the Lightning had three breakaway attempts stopped in the period — Ryan Malone and Nate Thompson were both denied by Tim Thomas, and Simon Gagne shot a puck wide while being backchecked by two Bruins. The scoring chances are there for Tampa Bay to make this a game again, but the defensive coverage has been horrible all night. Unless that improves, expect Dwayne Roloson (or maybe Mike Smith, not that Roloson is totally to blame) to fish more pucks out of his own net in the third period.

Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.