Bruins seek secondary scoring against Lightning in Game 3

Tanya Simon
May 3, 2018

He didn't, and Tampa Bay capitalized. "I don't know why that is, it just is". But Tampa played with a lead, blocked 19 shots, got enough out of Andrei Vasilevskiy, and by the end of the night earned a thorough 4-1 win after an empty-netter scored by Steven Stamkos. They don't try to jam square pegs into round holes.

Game 2 vs. Tampa was not the only time that Bergeron has been repeatedly thrown out of the faceoff circle, with the 32-year-old forward getting the boot numerous times during Boston's opening-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Keep in mind that Cirelli only made his National Hockey League debut on March 1. But that didn't stop coach Bruce Cassidy from weighing in on the non-call when Anton Stralman slashed Brad Marchand across the hand as Marchand was breaking toward the net for the potential game-tying goal late in the third period. He tipped in a Victor Hedman shot and scored his fourth goal of the playoffs and second of the series. His was the first mistake, and losing track of the puck in the defensive zone to give one of the fastest offenses in the league some room is never great.

"At this point, I'm over all of that stuff", Bergeron said.

And according to Amalie Arena's policy page, an invader into that 10 percent of the 20,500-seat arena is given four options when trying to check into these home-only sections: They're allowed to check their unwelcoming gear at guest services to be picked up later and given an unbranded blue or black shirt to don for the night, they can go back to their hotel, change and return to the arena thanks to a re-entry pass, they can get moved to a comparable seat with no attire restriction (and free of charge), or they can simply get a refund and leave the arena.

Tampa has taken 57.1 per cent of the even-strength shot attempts through three games and created 65.8 per cent of the high-danger scoring chances. The Bruins kind of handed that to them in Game 3, so Ondrej Palat just ran with it for two goals. Tampa took a 2-0 lead only 3:19 into the 1st. "To be honest with you, I'm not anxious about it". "That's how we got our chances".

Hopefully, the Lightning can keep momentum on their side as the series heads to the TD Garden in Boston for Games 3 and 4.

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There was none of that in a potential swing game in this series.

"But like I said in the first series, it's something that I need to bear down". "We're skating, we're physically engaged". It's hard to do - to amp yourself up, game after game after game. I'm not trying to figure out what's going on. The most exhilarating action of the period came when David Backes hit Dan Girardi from behind and Lightning forward Cedric Paquette attempted to stand up for his defenseman. He slept in the hospital and flew up separately, arriving at around noon.

Cooper said that Gourde was waiting in the meal room when the players returned from the morning skate and the scene looked like a game-winning goal had been scored with the way his teammates reacted. Bergeron finished the night with an even rating and three shots on goal in 21:14 of ice time. All in less than 12 minutes of work.

The Bruins, obviously, have to be careful what they say about the officiating. "He's been accepted by the team just because he does all the little things right".

Pavelski's goal on the rebound of Couture's shot sealed the game midway through the third.

He wasn't alone. The Lightning are playing for each other and playing like a team that's going to be awfully hard to put down.

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