Some 13 minutes into the first period last night at the St. Pete Times Forum, with the Bruins leading 1-0 on David Krejci's early goal, the good folks in the stands, and the Lightning themselves, watched a play unfold that all probably assumed would result in a game-tying goal.

Up the ice on a clean 2-on-1 break came Bolts stars Martin St. Louis, carrying the puck on the left, and Vinny Lecavalier, busting down the middle. There may be a more dangerous pair in this situation, but maybe not.

The shot never happened.

Because when St. Louis passed the puck across, there was Zdeno Chara to knock the puck harmlessly aside before it reached the very dangerous left-hand stick of Lecavalier.

That sort of act was a common sight last night, as Chara & Co. delivered a wonderfully solid, smart and structured night of team defense and beat the Bolts, 2-0, to claim a 2-1 series lead.

"I notice that those two guys are coming at me," said a weary-looking Chara of that early 2-on-1. "You try to be in the right position, have your stick in the right place. I'm glad I had the stick in the right place."