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Seguin proves a point, helps Bruins level with Lightning

Benched for 11 play-off games, his two goals and assists help beat Tampa Bay 6-5 in second Eastern Conference final.

BOSTON // Tyler Seguin had two goals and two assists as the Boston Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 to level the Eastern Conference finals at one game each.

Boston earned a split at home and snapped the Lightning's eight-game winning streak that began when they were down 3-1 to Pittsburgh in the first round. Game 3 is at Tampa Bay tomorrow.

The 19-year-old Seguin, the second pick in last year's NHL draft, was benched for the first 11 play-off games because of perceived defensive shortcomings. He rejoined the lineup for the series opener, getting a goal and an assist, when Patrice Bergeron sat out because of a mild concussion.

On Tuesday, with Bergeron still sidelined, Seguin tied it at 2 just 48 seconds into the second period then made it 4-2 at 6:30. Vincent Lecavalier cut the Lightning's deficit to 4-3 with a power-play goal at 7:48, but Seguin set up two goals by Michael Ryder that put Boston on top 6-3 entering the third.

Steven Stamkos and Dominic Moore scored in the final period for the Lightning.

Adam Hall gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead 13 seconds after the opening faceoff, the quickest goal in the team's play-off history. In their opening 5-2 win, the Lightning set club postseason records with two goals in 19 seconds and three in 1:25, all in the first period.

Nathan Horton tied Game 2 with a power-play goal at 13:58, but the Lightning took a 2-1 lead when Martin St. Louis scored with 7 seconds left in the first period.

The Bruins came out aggressively in the second period and scored five goals.

Seguin started the barrage when he took a pass from Ryder at his blue line and used exceptional speed to race between Tampa Bay defensemen Randy Jones and Victor Hedman. Seguin went in alone on Dwayne Roloson, cut from right to left, and lifted a backhander over the sprawling goalie.

David Krejci put the Bruins ahead for good at 2:24 with the only Bruins' goal of the second period that didn't involve Seguin.

Boston's Tim Thomas stopped Ryan Malone on a breakaway and, 22 seconds later, Seguin connected again at 6:30. Skating in on the right, he called for the puck. Horton passed from the left, and Seguin put in a 10-footer to the left of Roloson.

After Lecavalier cut the lead to one at 7:48, Seguin sparked the Bruins again.