Bruins, Lightning providing unexpected offense

May 18, 2011 - 6:43 PM
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Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson, right, makes a save on a shot by Boston Bruins Michael Ryder, left, during the first period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final playoff series, Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Boston and Tampa Bay have played a pair of surprisingly high scoring games and the trend might continue in the Eastern Conference finals.

The series is tied 1-1 and the teams have combined for 18 goals.

That kind of offense seemed unlikely heading into the matchup with the top two playoff goalies this season: the Lightning's Dwayne Roloson and the Bruins' Tim Thomas. Both allowed an average of two goals a game through the opening two playoff rounds.

Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos says one reason is the series features "two teams that know how to score."

Game 3 is Thursday night in Tampa.