TAMPA -- Tim Thomas recorded his first shutout of the playoffs Thursday night as the Bruins beat the Lightning 2-0 Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Afterward, Thomas credited the result on a return to the defensive system the team has played all season.

"It was kind of a product of the way the game goes in front of me," Thomas explained. "So I was able to play more under control tonight, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that we played the way that I'm used to. So I felt comfortable in a game like that."

TAMPA -- The Bruins had what looked like another trip to the quiet room on their hands in the first period of Thursday's 2-0 win in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. This time, it was David Krejci, who was rocked in the neutral zone by Marc-Andre Bergeron after receiving a pass. 

Krejci did not play for the remaining minute and a half of the period, but he remained on the bench and played his line's first shift of the second period.

“I was a little sore, but I feel pretty good," Krejci said following the game.

TAMPA -- After his team recorded its first shutout of the playoffs, Bruins coach Claude Julien said the the 2-0 win was more like the defensive battle everyone was expecting between the Bruins and Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals. He added that he was also happy his team came out on the right end.

TAMPA -- David Krejci scored his team-leading seventh playoff goal and then withstood a vicious hit at the end of the first period as the Bruins beat the Lightning, 2-0, Thursday night at St. Pete Times Forum to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Andrew Ference added insurance midway through the third while Tim Thomas stopped all 31 shots in posting Boston's first playoff shutout this season.  

TAMPA -- Bruins center Patrice Bergeron took the ice for warmups Thursday night, indicating he will return to the Bruins' lineup for the first time since suffering a concussion in Game 4 of the conference semifinals. 

"If you see him out there in the warmup tonight, I'm not just sending him out there for a skate," coach Claude Julien said after the team's morning skate. "He's going to be playing." 

TAMPA -- Bruins center Patrice Bergeron will play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning after missing the first two games with a mild concussion, according to a report by ESPN.

TAMPA -- Bruins forward Milan Lucic was not on the ice for Thursday's morning skate at St. Pete Times Forum, marking his second straight absence from a morning skate after getting hit on the right foot by a Tyler Seguin shot. Despite whatever discomfort Lucic may be feeling, coach Claude Julien confirmed after the skate that the team's regular-season leader in goals will be in the lineup Thursday night vs. the Lightning. 

TAMPA -- Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (concussion) participated in the team's morning skate Thursday at St. Pete Times Forum, doing drills and taking faceoffs as the B's prepare for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals vs. the Lightning. 

Coach Claude Julien said that Bergeron is "feeling pretty good" and is "getting real close," but said that a decision on whether Bergeron is ready for game action will be made either Thursday or Friday.

TSN and Hockey Night in Canada analyst and former Bruin P.J. Stock joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to preview Game 3 of the Bruins-Lightning Eastern Conference finals series.

Former Bruins winger Shawn McEachern joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the Eastern Conference finals, which the Bruins evened up with a 6-5 victory over the Lightning in Game 2 Tuesday night. McEachern, a Waltham native who went on to star at Boston University and win a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 1992, now coaches the hockey team at The Rivers School in Weston.