Cup Bound: Boston Bruins Defeat Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0 In Game 7, Return To Stanley Cup Finals

Nathan Horton scored the game-winning goal at 12:27 of the third period and the Boston Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 1-0, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, clinching their first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals since 1990. Read more at SB Nation Tampa Bay, and at our team blogs, Stanley Cup of Chowder and Raw Charge.

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Bruins Vs. Lightning, Game 6: Boston Looks To Punch Ticket To First Stanley Cup Finals Since 1990

The franchise's first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. That's what the Boston Bruins will be looking to secure Wednesday night at the St. Pete Times Forum when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. 

The Vancouver Canucks already punched their ticket to the finals Tuesday night, beating the San Jose Sharks in five games. 

The Bruins dropped the series opener before winning three of the next four games against the Lightning, including Monday night's Game 5, a 2-1 victory that felt even closer than that, and was saved -- literally -- by the stick of Tim Thomas

Although a win Wednesday night would mean the Bruins' first Stanley Cup Finals in 21 years, the team is remaining focused on the task at hand: beating the Lightning in Game 6. 

"Obviously, you know that whoever goes through this series is going to play Vancouver, but at the same time, we don't know who's going through," rookie forward Brad Marchand said. "If we start thinking that it's us, then Tampa's going to come back and take over control of the series. We have to make sure we don't worry about that and just worry about our game."

Game 6 between the Bruins and Lightning begins at 8 p.m. ET and will air on Versus.

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Dwayne Roloson Will Start For Lightning In Game 6

When the Eastern Conference Finals continue with Game 6 Wednesday night in Tampa, the Bruins will be facing a new net-minder. Lightning head coach Guy Boucher announced on Tuesday that his starting goalie will be Dwayne Roloson, replacing Mike Smith, who took the Game 5 loss. 

"I felt that giving a little breather to Roli, a bit like Vancouver did with (Roberto) Luongo (in the first round), and Luongo came back and they have been winning since,'' Boucher said. "It's a decision I don't regret at all. I've done it in the past and it worked. I've had it done against me and it worked. And I think it's the same for Vancouver and it worked.''

Roloson was in the net for all of the Lightning's previous 15 playoff games, posting a 9-5 record. He started the first four games against the Bruins, but was just 1-2 while allowing 13 goals. He was pulled during Game 4 after surrendering three goals on nine shots. Roloson was also pulled in Game 2. 

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