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NHL Eastern Conference Finals Game 3: Bruins Up 1-0 After First Period

Just 1:09 into the first period, Bruins Forward David Krejci took advantage of a Lightning defensive lapse and scored on unprotected Lightning net-minder Dwayne Roloson. Lightning Defenseman Victor Hedman allowed the goal by leaving the front of the Tampa net to challenge the Bruins offensive. Krejci was able to take a shot from directly in front of the net.

The rest of the period followed what is quickly becoming characteristic of this Lightning Bruins series. Tampa's defense had their hands full against Boston's deadly 5-on-5 and often had trouble getting the puck out of Lightning ice. The Bolt's offensive game failed to deliver on several promising chances, despite doubling the Bruin's shots-on-goal. 

With just minutes left in the first, Lightning Defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron was penalized for elbowing when he leveled David Krejci at center ice, eliciting shouts of outrage and heated discussion from usually composed Guy Boucher. From the camera's eye, the hit was clearly from the shoulder; it was a clean hit.

Game Notes: Lightning have out shot and out hit Boston in the first.

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