Bruins reach Stanley Cup finals, top Lightning 1-0

May 27, 2011 - 10:59 PM
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Boston Bruins right wing Nathan Horton scores his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson (35) and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund (5), of Sweden, during the third period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference final series in Boston, Friday, May 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — Nathan Horton scored with 7:33 left in Game 7, sending the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in more than two decades with a 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night.

The right wing on Boston's top line cleanly beat goalie Dwayne Roloson by deflecting a pass across the slot from David Krejci. That set off a loud celebration among Bruins, who have waited a long time for a trip to the finals.

Tim Thomas made 24 saves in his third career playoff shutout and second this season.

Boston will open the Stanley Cup finals in Vancouver against the Western Conference champion Canucks on Wednesday.

The Bruins won their most recent championship in 1972 and hadn't reached the finals since 1990, when they lost to the Edmonton Oilers.