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With 3 seconds left and the puck in the Lightning zone, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron raised his stick while standing in the “spoked B” logo symbolizing the Bruins at center ice. And when the game ended, Thomas raised both arms and arched his back against the net that the Lightning never reached in the decisive game as yellow and black towels given to fans fluttered to the ice.

“It’s great to be a part of something amazing. That was the highest level of concentration I have experienced,” Bergeron said. “I couldn’t wait to jump on Timmy and enjoy the moment.”

The Bruins improved to 2-3 in Game 7s under Julien but have won the last two. They’re 11-10 overall in Game 7s.

Andrew Ference started the only scoring play on the left side behind the red line with a pass to Krejci, also on the left. Horton was on the same side, but when Krejci got the puck, Horton veered to the right. Krejci skated in and threaded a pass to Horton, who put the puck in the open side between Roloson and the left post.

“I don’t think he could have stopped that puck and I don’t think he could have done better than he did tonight,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. “It’s hard to look at. One little defensive mistake.”

Roloson fell to 7-1 in elimination games during his career, including 4-1 this postseason. Tampa Bay rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat Pittsburgh in the first round, with Roloson shutting out the Penguins 1-0 in Game 7 on the road. But after beating the Bruins in Game 6 to force one more contest, the Lightning’s comeback fortunes changed.

“They have guys that can put the puck in the net and defend,” Boucher said. “Obviously, they’ve got it all.”

Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos was struck in the face by a puck early in the second period and briefly left the game. He was hit on the left side of the head off a hard shot from the right point by Bruinsdefenseman Johnny Boychuk and he immediately dropped to the ice. There was some blood on the ice when the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2008 got up and skated quickly to his bench, holding his face.

He missed about five minutes of game time, then returned with a full cage face shield in place of the visor he had been wearing.

Boston’s Milan Lucic had the best scoring opportunity in the first when Krejci fed him for a breakaway. But Lucic shot the puck into Roloson with just under five minutes left.

The Bruins also had solid chances late in the second. Roloson made a pad save on Mark Recchi’s shot from a few feet away then made another when Recchi shot the rebound with just under 2½ minutes left in the period. The Bruins were denied again with 1:40 remaining when Zdeno Chara’s shot from the blue line was deflected over the net by Krejci, stationed in the slot.

“I wasn’t concerned about my team,” Thomas said. “I was concerned about Roloson playing so well.”