Lightning look to bounce back in Game 2 vs. Bruins
Apr 30 2018 by Dustin Murphy
The Bruins did not surrender the lead at all during Saturday's win, icing the contest with three unanswered goals in the third period. Charlie McAvoy wound up for a slap shot, and Marchand redirected it past Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy for his fourth goal of the playoffs.
The honey badger and his linemates David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron started Game 1 against Tampa Bay just like they did in Game 1 against the Maple Leafs - with a bang.
The Boston Bruins first line came back with a bang. Brad Marchand made a few attempts to draw calls and irritate his opponents, but the Lightning players have obviously made it a point to not get sucked in to these scrums.
From game one, it looked like Vegas was ready to dominate the series, easily applying offensive pressure to the Sharks and racking up the score.
Over the final two periods of play, the Bruins netted five goals on 11 shots.
As the Lightning possessed the puck in the Bruins' zone, Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask had one of the detachable blades on his skates pop off in the middle of play. During the regular season, he was 34-19 with a 2.36 GAA and a.917 save percentage overall, including 13-10 with a 2.51 GAA and a.915 save percentage on the road.
The Bruins are a well-rounded playoff team, ranking in the NHL's top six in scoring, goals allowed, power play and penalty kill.
Game 1 and 2 are Saturday and Monday in Tampa, with the next two games in Boston, before alternating the final three games if necessary.
The Bruins, who couldn't finish the Leafs until they won the last period of the series on Wednesday, are at a slight competitive advantage as a result. It's a statistical oddity that never happened under the old system, which was in place from the 1994 playoffs through 2013 and ranked teams first through eighth in each conference.
You don't stop them as much as they stop themselves with posts and shots wide. If the Lightning attack him with their speed - which they will - it may be hard for him to keep up. They had time for one day off and one practice following Friday morning's flight, while the Lightning had six days to alternate between rest and practice after finishing their first-round series against the Devils in Game 5 last Friday. If Boston is to continue their march to the Cup, they desperately need key veterans to step up and change their dynamic. The Bruins would have won the division with a win against the Florida Panthers in the regular-season finale. He tried to get the attention of the officials to no avail and, in the process, lost sight of the puck and Tampa Bay defenseman Mikhail Sergachev was able to score and bring Tampa Bay within one goal. Boston and Toronto (10,042) were understandably tops on that front, but Vegas (3,478) was actually third in terms of ERs of any National Hockey League team during the first round.
The way it works in the playoffs, give or take Pisani's mind-blowing feat in 2006 when he scored 14 times, players get hot in one round, then cool off in another as other guys kick it into gear.
"We were kind of joking around ... we were trying to lighten the mood", said Jake.
"We were battling for that first spot (in the Eastern Conference), so they were high intensity, especially ... in Boston", Rask said.
"I think he is just playing what is in front of him and when it is time to shoot he'll shoot". Boasting a.920SV% in the regular season, Vasy has upped his game to a.941 SV% over the five games against The Devils.