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Bruins' collapse is one for the books

Did you think it was all over for the Tampa Bay Lightning this afternoon? Here's one view that it was.

The Boston Bruins had a 3-0 lead through one period and simply needed to hold on in order to go home with a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Then faster than you can say "Teddy Purcell", the game turned. Purcell scored twice and Sean Bergenheim added another to tie the game by the end of the second period, then Simon Gagne scored the winner in the third and an empty-netter gave the Lightning a 5-3 win.

Just like that, the series heads back to Boston tied at 2-2. Tampa Bay has a goaltending question, as Dwayne Roloson was pulled in the 3-0 hole and Mike Smith played shutout hockey in relief, but the Lightning also has all the momentum.

Saturday's game was just the fourth time in the Bruins' long history that they failed to hold a three-goal lead in a playoff game. The others included the infamous Game Seven loss to Philadelphia last season, a 7-5 loss to Montreal in 1971 -- and the May Day game at Memorial Auditorium in 1993. The Bruins, you might have forgotten, led that one by 5-2 before the Sabres rallied and finally won it on the Brad May goal.

And, of course, do we EVER give up a chance to put this one in here?

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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