What went wrong as Lightning get 'wakeup call' from Bruins' top line?

Tanya Simon
April 29, 2018

The second-round series with the Bruins begins at 3 p.m. Saturday at Amalie Arena, with Game 2 on Monday night. The teams also met in the 2011 Eastern Conference Final, won by Boston in seven games.

Power plays and penalty kills may prove to be even more critical than usual in this one.

The B's might also be able to claim they benefited more from their first-round series than the Lightning. Not good news for Tampa Bay. Overall it was a very impressive win for the Bruins after their very close game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins were relatively successful against the Lightning in the regular season, but the playoffs are a whole different ballgame. Just take a look at what a confident Frederik Andersen achieved against the Bruins. Lightning round two series.

Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper took a calculated risk when he pulled Vasilevskiy during a power play with more than seven minutes remaining in the game. Posting a.941 save percentage and a 2.01 goals-against average, Vasilevskiy provided the Lightning with some stability between the pipes. The beauty of the playoffs is that when you win, you have a chance for a fresh start in the second round.

"In a ideal world, everyone would like as many goals as they can ... but I understand (how playoffs usually work)", he said. This year, chances of a sweep against the Bruins are slim.

Fair to say, Bruins fans are not too happy. Pastrnak, who had an assist on the goal, has 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in eight playoff games to lead the National Hockey League. In their series with the Maple Leafs, the line was the key to the Bruins success. The Bruins have the edge in depth on the offensive side.

Auston Matthews got off to a great start before getting hurt on three separate occasions, but still almost cracked the 35-goal mark; Mitch Marner had a awful first half before finding his game midway through the schedule; and goalie Frederik Andersen set a franchise record for wins in a season with 38.

"It's been quite the break", Bolts captain Steven Stamkos said.

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The general manager said the team would love to have James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Leo Komarov back next season, but added the trio has "earned the right to see what the market is". The Bruins can't make up two-goal deficits every game.

"Hopefully, whatever the difference is, we have it, and they don't". Then Rask lost his blade on his skate. Game 7 all even, victor takes all.

Tampa Bay should use the long layoff to its advantage and come out with a head of steam against a Boston defense susceptible to giving up first-period goals. In their series against New Jersey, the Lightning allowed a whopping 34.2 shots per game. If Rask continues to play poorly Bruce Cassidy may be forced to put Anton Khudobin in net.

Bergeron extended the lead to 5-2 at 10:11.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jake Dotchin remembers the moment. Marchand has always been a leader for the Bruins, and don't expect that to changed in a heated Atlantic Division faceoff for a birth at the Eastern Conference Finals.

If they can't get Rask off his game, they're going to have trouble getting anyone else off theirs.

"Then we played really strong defensively". Lightning forward Brayden Point was minus-5.

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