This Date in Bruins History: Tim Thomas shuts out Lightning in East Final

Nick Goss
NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Bruins lost the first matchup in their 2011 Eastern Conference Final versus the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden, but they bounced back with a Game 2 win thanks to a breakout performance from rookie forward Tyler Seguin.

The B's rode that momentum into Game 3 in Tampa Bay on and emerged with a 2-0 victory to take a 2-1 series lead. It's one of only two Bruins wins on May 19 in team history.

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Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas made 31 saves on 31 shots for his first of four shutouts in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. B's center David Krejci opened the scoring just 1:07 into the game with a nice move in front of the net, and defenseman Andrew Ference tallied an insurance goal at 8:12 in the third period. 

The series ultimately was decided in Game 7 in Boston, where the Bruins won 1-0 on a Nathan Horton goal to clinch their first Stanley Cup Final berth since 1990.

Another memorable Bruins matchup from May 19 was Game 2 of Boston's 2013 Eastern Conference semifinals versus the rival New York Rangers. After winning Game 1 with a Brad Marchand overtime goal, the B's pummeled the Rangers in a 5-2 victory to take a 2-0 series edge. Five different players scored for Boston.

The Bruins went on to eliminate the Rangers in five games.

Here are the other two Bruins games played on May 19:

1974 Stanley Cup Final: 1-0 loss at Flyers
1992 Prince of Wales Conference Final: 5-2 loss at Penguins

This Date in Bruins History: Tim Thomas shuts out Lightning in East Final originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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