Cassidy said that once he sees who's healthy, he'll consider lineup changes. Puck drops at Amilie Arena at 3pm Eastern. It was just the second goal of the playoffs for Stamkos who had 86 points in the regular season. The first-line winger has four goals and 13 assists in this postseason.
Following the goal, Tampa continued their charge as the Bruins did not get a shot off in the first 10 minutes of the game.
It started well with Tampa getting the puck deep into the Boston Bruins' zone. David Backes was relegated to the fourth line. "We just felt talking about it that now is a good time".
Girardi's decisive tally first went off Brian Gionta's skate before it was directed past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask off a feed from Alex Killorn from the right circle.
All in all, the Bruins and the officiating needs to be better, but when the latter fails, the Bruins have to step up and finds ways around it.
You could tell by the huge fist pump just how relieved the Lightning's Nikita Kucherov was to score in the first period after being shut out in the first three games of the series. For the series Tampa Bay has taken 57.14 percent of the 5-on-5 shot attempts, to 42.86 percent for the Bruins. The coach, though, expressed no regret after the loss. "Torey (Krug) will probably play more minutes, if you look at it, when we're behind".
- Pastrnak's postseason career has been quite successful in the early going. "I don't know what the difference is between that and spitting in someone's face". "We managed the puck really well tonight, we made them work for offence". He kept the Lightning tied 2-2 entering intermission. On the other side, you know, they think its a hard play, so that being said, it happened and we had a chance to still finish it in overtime.
As for the winning goal allowed, Cassidy attributed it to a "fortunate bounce". We're some of them warranted? "Otherwise, I thought they played well, did their jobs". People have been asking for Stamkos to get going and put some points on the board, and that's exactly what he did in Game 4. And that's part of it. Now you're messing with a guy's knees, and there's only one word for it: dirty. He threw the puck towards Rask. "They are a fast team, so we expect them to play fast".
"There is absolutely no place in our game for that", Cooper said.
Much like in Game 3, the Lightning will need to come out of the tunnel ready to make an impact.