TAMPA, Fla. – Boston and Tampa Bay have played a pair of high-scoring games in the Eastern Conference finals, and the trend might continue.

The series is tied 1-1 and the teams have combined for 18 goals. That kind of offense seemed unlikely heading into the matchup with the top two playoff goalies this season: the Lightning’s Dwayne Roloson and the Bruins’ Tim Thomas. Each allowed an average of two goals a game through the opening two playoff rounds.

“They’re All-Star players and they’re players that are top-notch players in the league,” Roloson said on Wednesday. “The guys we have on our team and the guys they have on their team, there’s going to be times when you can’t contain them.

“They’re gifted players, so they’re going to take advantage of the chances that they get.”

Lightning center Steven Stamkos agreed.

“You got two teams that know how to score goals,” he said. “I think both teams would agree that … some of the goals you’d like to have back as a team, and by no means was there really any fault on the goaltenders.

“A lot of goals are being scored, but a lot of them are either coming up off lucky bounces or breakdowns in the defensive end that are leading to pretty good scoring chances.”

Still, Roloson made a number of outstanding saves during Tampa Bay’s 5-2 victory in Game 1, and Thomas came up big late in Boston’s 6-5 win in the second game on Tuesday night.

“I saw him in the third, the last five, six minutes, we had a lot of grade-A chances,” Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier said of Thomas. “He gave them the win there the last five minutes.

“We really felt we would tie it up and we were getting our chances, but he made some huge saves.”

Game 3 is tonight in Tampa and if scoring continues to come from unexpected players, the big numbers will continue.

Boston rookie Tyler Seguin, the No. 2 pick in last year’s draft, has three goals and three assists in the series. He didn’t play in Boston’s first two series and rejoined the lineup because Patrice Bergeron was out because of a mild concussion.

“Obviously he’s a young kid playing in the NHL and if he wasn’t good enough or capable of playing here, he wouldn’t be here,” Roloson said. “He’s got great skill. He’s capitalized on the chances he had.”

Bergeron has resumed practicing. He had two goals and 10 assists in 11 playoff games before getting hurt in the conference semifinals.

Bergeron will take part in today’s pregame skate and his status will be re-evaluated. 

SABRES: Buffalo signed defenseman Brayden McNabb to an entry-level contract.

McNabb, 20, was the Sabres’ third-round draft pick in 2009. He is in his fourth season with the Kootenay Ice of the WHL and led all defensemen with 27 points in the postseason.

“Brayden is a big kid with great offensive abilities, and he’s continued to improve every year in Kootenay,” Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said. “His outstanding performance in the WHL playoffs was just another positive sign in his development.”


CANUCKS 7, SHARKS 3: Daniel Sedin scored his second power-play goal of the game and Chris Higgins and Mason Raymond added man-advantage goals in the third as Vancouver routed visiting San Jose to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.