Tim Thomas was sensational in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, leading the Bruins to a 3-1 win and a 3-2 series lead. But on the biggest save of the night, he admitted afterward, he was a little lucky. Thomas dropped his stick just in time to keep Steve Downie's shot from going in, a goal that would have tied the game with 10:40 left in the third.

Lightning coach Guy Boucher defended the play of his top forwards after the team's 3-1 loss to the B's in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, noting that the likes of Steven Stamkos, Simon Gagne and Vincent Lecavalier are playing well, but that B's goaltender Tim Thomas remains their issue. Thomas made 33 saves on the night, including a lead-saving stick-save on Steve Downie with B's leading 2-1. 

"Against this goaltender, you need more," Boucher said. "He's making miracles. We need to come up with miracles."

Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal with 4:04 left in the second period and Tim Thomas was outstanding in goal as the Bruins beat the Lightning, 3-1, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Monday night at TD Garden. Thomas made a sensational, game-saving stick save on Steve Downie with 10:40 remaining as part of a 33-save night for the Bruins, who lead the series, 3-2, and can advance to the Stanley Cup finals with a win Wednesday night in Game 6 in Tampa. 

CSNNE hockey analyst and former NHL star Tony Amonte joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday to talk about the Bruins-Lightning series, which is tied heading into Monday night's Game 5 at TD Garden.

"It's just really been a series of mistakes and capitalizing on those mistakes," Amonte said. "And I think both teams have done that."

Lightning coach Guy Boucher once again danced around the subject when asked who is starting goaltender would be in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals vs. the Bruins. The coach said starter Dwayne Roloson, who was pulled in Games 2 and 4, is "prepared," but offered little else as to whether it would be Roloson or Mike Smith between the pipes for Monday night.

"We're preparing like usual," Boucher said. "[Roloson] is preparing like he's prepared for other games. We're prepared."

Bruins coach Claude Julien said Monday that he will not bench defenseman Tomas Kaberle for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. Kaberle has had a pair of costly turnovers behind the Bruins' net that have led to Lightning goals this series, but the coach emphatically stated that he won't give up on the 33-year-old defenseman.

Former Bruins coach Mike Keenan joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Eastern Conference finals, which resume Monday night at TD Garden with the tiebreaking Game 5.

Keenan, who coached the Bruins in the 2000-01 season, one of eight NHL teams he helmed, said the B's have to be hurting after blowing a big lead in Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Lightning.

Lightning coach Guy Boucher did not reveal who will start between the pipes Monday in speaking with reporters at TD Garden on Sunday. No. 1 goalie Dwayne Roloson has been pulled in two of the last three games and replaced by Mike Smith due to poor play, but the most the coach would offer was that Roloson is "getting ready" for Game 5 in Boston. 

TAMPA -- Well before scoring the go-ahead goal Saturday in Tampa Bay's 5-3 win over the Bruins, Simon Gagne had a earned the reputation in Boston as a Bruins killer. Asked after the game if his third-period, go-ahead tally was just another example, Gagne said he'll hold off on nicknames until the series is over. 

TAMPA -- Despite coming on and stopping all 21 shots he face to help his team come back from an early 3-0 hole, Lightning goalie Mike Smith doesn't think he'll get the call to start Game 5 Monday night in Boston. Smith came on with 2:02 left in the first period after Dwayne Roloson allowed a shorthanded goal to Patrice Bergeron, the third against him in nine shots.