BOSTON - Tyler Seguin had two goals and two assists and the Boston Bruins fed off the energy of the recently promoted rookie to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 6-5, and tie the Eastern Conference finals at one game each on Tuesday night.
Boston earned a split at home and snapped the Lightning's eight-game winning streak that began when they were down three games to one to Pittsburgh in the first round.
Game 3 will be at Tampa Bay on Thursday. The Bruins have won nine of 11.
The shifty, 19-year-old Seguin, the second pick in last year's NHL draft, was benched for the first 11 playoff games because of perceived defensive shortcomings. He rejoined the lineup for the series opener, getting a goal and an assist, when Patrice Bergeron sat out because of a mild concussion.
On Tuesday, with Bergeron still sidelined, Seguin tied it at 2 just 48 seconds into the second period then made it 4-2 at 6:30. Vincent Lecavalier cut the Lightning's deficit to 4-3 with a power-play goal at 7:48, but Seguin set up two goals by Michael Ryder that put Boston on top, 6-3, entering the third.
NEW YORK - The family of Derek Boogaard, the New York Rangers forward who died last week in Minnesota, is asking for donations to be made to Defending the Blue Line in his memory, in lieu of flowers.
The Rangers said that the family "would like to see Derek's legacy live on by supporting military kids and the game he loved." Defending the Blue Line is a nonprofit organization created by soldiers with the spirit of keeping hockey alive for the children of our nation's military heroes, according to the mission statement on the group's website.