Lightning’s playoff run comes to an end

Lightnings playoff run comes to an end

The Tampa Bay Lightning came very close to becoming Stanley Cup Champions again, but the Bruins won the game and the victory was taken from the Bolts.

Jordan Lutz, Staff Reporter

The Lightning started the Eastern Conference Finals strong against the Boston Bruins, beating them with a solid score of 5-2. Scoring 3 goals within 85 seconds, the Lightning kept Boston on their heels.

In Game 2, the Bruins tied the series 1-1 with a 6-5 victory in Boston. Both teams headed back to Tampa for Game 3.

A full house awaited the Lightning at their first home game of the finals, but Boston’s goalie Tim Tomas made all the difference by shutting out the Lightning 2-0 for Boston to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

In Game 4 Lightning fell behind 3-0 and it looked like the game was over but Teddy Purcell scored two goals within 1:06 minutes to catch the Lightning up. Sean Bergenheim then scored the tying goal and the Lightning scored two more goals to get the win 5-3, tying the series at two games a piece.

The series moved back to Boston for Game 5 where Lightning goalie Mike Smith started for Dywane Roloson. The Lightning jumped out to an early lead, with a goal by Simon Gagne but lost in the end 3-1 giving Boston a 3-2 series lead.

It was back to Tampa for “do-or-die” game for the Lightning. In one of the most exciting games of the season the Lightning held off the Bruins winning Game 6 5-4 and sending the series back to Boston for deciding Game 7.

In Game 7, both teams left it all on the ice. Steven Stamkos was hit in the face by the puck from a shot from a Boston player. Stamkos left the ice but shortly returned, with his face covered in blood. The Bruins scored the only goal of the game in the third period winning the game 1- 0 and heading to the Stanley Cup Finals to face the Vancouver Canucks.

As a huge Lightning fan and season ticket holder, I could not be prouder of my team. No one thought they would ever go this far being such a young team . Hopefully Lightning management will keep the team together so we can enjoy more playoff hockey in the years to come .

Go Lightning!