Boston Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning going to a Game 7

 

Though he doesn’t wear the captaincy there is little doubt that Tampa Bay Lightning’s veteran forward, Martin St. Louis, is the heart and soul of the team. On Wednesday night, at home, during a due or die Game 6 against the Boston Bruins, St. Louis, who is a six time All-Star, scored two goals and added an assist to key the Lightnings to a 5-4 victory. This victory forces a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. “He’s the heart and soul of our team,” Lightning young guns said about St. Louis, who won a Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2004. “He’s the first guy to step up and get the guys going. He’s obviously been through every type of experience and every single type of championship you could win … he’s been there. He’s won individual awards. He’s won the Stanley Cup … and he’s always been a big part. He knows what to do … and how to react in those situations. He stepped up before the game and said a few words, and just the respect he has from every single guy on the team, we take it to heart. … He’s been our go-to guy, and he was again.” To win a Stanley Cup teams need their depth forwards to come through on the scoresheet and that’s what the Lightnings have been receiving all spring. In Wednesday night’s game it was Teddy Purcell who scored twice. Another big reason why the Bruins couldn’t clinch their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals since 1991 was due to the stellar play of Bolts goalie Dwayne Roloson. It’s a strong bet that all hockey fans will be glued to their televisions on Thursday night when these two play a much anticipated Game 7, with the winner going to the Stanley Cup Finals. “We knew it was going to be a long series. … Comes down to one game. Luckily, and fortunately, all our team has been through a Game 7,” St. Louis said. “Some of us have played more, but we’ve had that experience. So we know what to expect. The fourth win is always the toughest one to get and we know both teams will battle hard to get it.” A big advantage favouring Tampa is that Roloson has a 7-0 all time playoff record when his team is facing elimination. He is 4-0 this year, as he helped the Bolts overcome a 3-1 first round deficit against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and of course winning Wednesday’s game with his team facing elimination.

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