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Bruins Vs. Lightning, Game 7: Nathan Horton Sends Boston To Stanley Cup Finals

Nathan Horton, welcome to immortality. Horton scored the game-winning goal at 12:27 of the third period, sending the Boston Bruins to a 1-0 win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night at TD Garden.

Boston will be making its first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1990, when they lost to the Edmonton Oilers in five games. The Bruins haven't won a Stanley Cup since 1972.

Horton's score was assisted by David Krejci and Andrew Ference. Boston had 38 shots in the game while allowing 24 shots for Tampa Bay. The Bruins won 35 of 61 faceoffs and both teams had 23 hits and 17 blocked shots.

Tim Thomas was masterful in net, recording 24 saves in the shutout. Dwayne Roloson was very solid in goal for Tampa Bay, finishing with 37 saves on 38 attempts, but the one goal he allowed cost his team the series.

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