After a forgettable Game 3 for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Game 4 didn't start out too much better.
The Bruins scored three times in just over seven minutes to chase 41-year-old Dwayne Roloson out of the Tampa Bay net. Patrice Bergeron opened the scoring for the Bruins near the midway point of the 1st period when he stole the puck off of Victor Hedman and slid it through Roloson's legs.
Less than five minutes later, Michael Ryder broke in on a 2-on-1 with Chris Kelly and his pass deflected past Roloson to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
As the period winded down, Boston's Dennis Seidenberg took a holding the stick penalty with just nine seconds left. On the ensuing faceoff, Bergeron rushed down the ice and beat Roloson shorthanded with a low shot, with just two seconds remaining on the clock.
That would be it for Roloson, as Mike Smith entered the series for the second time since Roloson was pulled after two periods in Game 2.
As the second period got under way, Tampa Bay came out with fresh legs, and the Bruins sat back on their lead only to have the tables turned on them. Teddy Purcell opened the scoring for the Lightning as he picked up a Tim Thomas giveaway and made a quick move onto the backhand to cut the lead to two.
Just over a minute later Purcell struck again. The St.John's, Newfoundland native cruised out from the middle of the circle and ripped a wrist shot over Thomas' shoulder, cutting the lead down to 3-2.
The Bruins defense weren't making it any easier on themselves, and a strong forecheck from Tampa Bay's Sean Bergenheim caused Tomas Kaberle to cough the puck up, which Bergenheim slid past Thomas to even the score at three. Bergenheim's goal was his league-leading 9th of the playoffs.
In the third, the Lightning continued controlling the play as they outshot the Bruins 14-8 in the final frame. They finally beat Thomas after capitalizing on another Bruins turnover, when Milan Lucic's pass was intercepted by Ryan Malone. Malone fed Gagne in the slot and he beat Thomas five-hole to give Tampa Bay their first lead of the game.
The Bruins pressed to tie the game late but Mike Smith stood tall, stopping all 21 shots he faced throughout the two periods he played.
With the Bruins net empty, Gagne set up Martin St.Louis for his 8th goal of the post-season, wrapping up the game for the Lightning.
Tim Thomas stopped 32 of the 36 shots he faced, but he will be looking for a better performance in Game 5 as the series shifts back to Boston on Monday.