A licking by Tampa Bay eliminates Boston in NHL playoffs

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Still, they came up short in the last breath of the season, which will stick out over the next few months - perhaps more than one would consider fair. The Lightning were not ready for the Bruins continued momentum after their series win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. That strategy can only bode well for them against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals or Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 3. However, there was once difference in Game 5: the Bruins scored first. They haven't quit all year and I don't expect for them to start now.

Tuukka Rask made 19 saves for the Bruins, while Andrei Vasilevskiy turned away 27 shots for the Lightning.

"It's not like after 89 games we forgot how to score or not play the right way", Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said following Sunday's 3-1 loss in the clincher. Tampa Bay leads series 3-1.

Scrambling late in Sunday's game, Patrice Bergeron had a great scoring opportunity on a feed from David Pastrnak with 2:20 left but Bergeron couldn't get enough muscle behind it and the puck was gobbled up by Vasilevsky.

A last-minute desperation surge for the Bruins in the third period gave them the ultimate advantage in some possession stats, but the reality is they spent too much of Game 5 stifled.

Brayden Point will capitalize on your turnover every time.

The Lightning was a combined 1-6 against the Devils and Bruins during the regular season and a combined 8-2 against them in the playoffs. The Lightning played 26 games that spring and can go no more than 24 this time around.

On the second attempt, Boston did convert. After faking a shot from the point, Charlie McAvoy slid a puck over to David Krejci in the face-off circle.

The Bruins mostly were dominated in the first period, as they struggled to effectively clear the puck from their own zone, while also losing the battle in the neutral zone.

One would suspect that the officiating in this series will not hold up well under review. Defenseman Dan Girardi had two, the same as Stamkos, including the overtime victor in Game 4.

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Torey Krug rang iron later in the frame on a point shot, as Boston dominated Tampa in shots in the middle frame. That trend continued as the refs had bad calls for both teams. He had received a questionable embellishment call to match Victor Hedman's holding call, but it was just a distraction. Maybe things are a little different if Krug plays in Game 5, or if Brandon Carlo doesn't miss his second consecutive postseason because of injury.