TAMPA -- Martin St. Louis and Teddy Purcell each scored twice to offset a playoff hat trick by David Krejci as the Lightning held on to beat the Bruins, 5-4, in Game 6 Wednesday night at St. Pete Times Forum. After complaining about his team not getting an equal amount of power play chances, Lightning coach Guy Boucher watched as his team scored on its first three opportunities en route to forcing a Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night at TD Garden.  

TAMPA -- Guy Boucher is aware of a lot of things, a long list that even includes phantom Tim Thomas quotes. Given that, it should come as no surprise that he is aware that Eric Furlatt, one of the referees for Wednesday's Game 6, has been much nicer to the Bruins this postseason than he has been to the Lightning. 

The Lightning coach -- without mentioning Furlatt by name -- noted on Wednesday that Furlatt has called 24 penalties against Tampa, as opposed to nine against Boston during the playoffs.

TAMPA -- Bruins rookie standout Brad Marchand admitted Wednesday morning, just hours before Game 6, that the pressure is on the Bruins to close out the Lightning Wednesday night and avoid sending the Eastern Conference finals back to Boston for a Game 7 Friday night at TD Garden. 

"Yeah, we want to," Marchand said. "There's definitely a lot of pressure. If it goes to a Game 7, anything can happen and it's a situation we don't really want to be in. We have to make sure we put our best game forward tonight and give ourselves the best opportunity. 

NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to offer his views on the Eastern Conference finals. The Bruins are in Tampa for Game 6 Wednesday night, holding a 3-2 series lead.

Claude Julien has had his share of detractors, but he has the Bruins within five wins of a Stanley Cup. (AP)Like I’ve admitted here before, I’m new to this business of being all wrapped up in the Bruins. Or to put it more accurately, I’m one of the hundreds of thousands of Bostonians who followed the Bruins closely but eventually jumped ship.



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Bruins legend Ray Bourque stopped by for a chat with Dennis & Callahan Wednesday morning during a charity benefit for the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston.

Asked if the Lightning have a psychological edge over the Bruins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night because they are the more desperate team, Bourque said: "I think it brings the best out of you, so I'd say yes. But the flip side of that, the Bruins are kind of a good counter-puncher kind of a team.

Kevin Bieksa's knuckling shot from the point slipped past Sharks goalie Antti Niemi and into the goal to give the Canucks a 3-2 victory in double-overtime that sent Vancouver to its first Stanley Cup finals since 1994. The Canucks won the best-of-seven series 4-1.

Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo stopped 54 shots, including 20 in overtime. His tremendous performance in next held the fort for a Canucks team that was outshot 56-34.

TAMPA – You want to talk about an enigma?



TAMPA — Bruins coach Claude Julien said Tuesday he appreciates Patriots coach Bill Belcihick attending his team's home playoff games in the series with the Lightning and showing his support by rallying the fans on the video board high above the ice. 

TAMPA -- On Tuesday, Bruins coach Claude Julien used the same word -- "fine" -- to describe defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who left Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals a little over halfway through the third period after hit from Tampa Bay forward Steve Downie.

"Nothing has changed," Julien said. "He's fine."

Boychuk himself said that he will play in Wednesday's Game 6 and that despite feeling a bit woozy following the hit that earned Downie a boarding penalty, he knew that he was OK.