Bruins, Lightning 'start over again' in series opener

Bruins, Lightning 'start over again' in series opener

Updates with new lead. The goalie was given a maintenance day after a 32-save performance that led to a 6-2 win in Game 1 on Saturday.

Rask lost the blade due to Yanni Gourde shot when the Bruins were up 3-1, and he couldn't move around.

"I didn't throw it at anybody", the Boston goaltender said Saturday. "I just wanted to make sure everyone saw that my blade was off".

There was no cause for concern that Tuukka Rask didn't practice with the Bruins on Sunday as they prepared for Game 2 of the second-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. "So we can expect more of that". We weren't executing very well. "They were more competitive games at the end, and I imagine we'll see more of them".

Bergeron also scored twice and assisted one of Nash's goals for Boston, who finished just one point behind the Lightning for the Atlantic Division title, and first place. David Pastrnak would have three assists in the game.

A cross-checking penalty on Pastrnak at 10:17 took a Marchand goal off the board and put the Bolts fearsome power play on the ice.

"I think the guys are excited", Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

DeBrusk has excellent skill but also possesses the competitive fire to score goals where you have to score goals, especially in the playoffs - around the net, no perimeter stuff. Tampa Bay did out shoot Boston 36-24 and the contest was close for through 40 minutes.

Game 1 in Tampa Bay will set the tone for the series, while Game 2 in Las Vegas could serve as a turning point for the Sharks, or we could witness the continued playoff domination by the Golden Knights. Obviously you could argue that the Lightning might have the cliched complacency of having too much time off.

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Even so, General Manager Steve Keim has always been willing to fortify a strength, as last year's choice of Baker proved. The draft has grown in popularity in recent years after the league moved it outside NY , its home from 1965-2014.

For the Toronto Maple Leafs, there is lots to learn from this series, and their experience going forward will be valuable. However, they could have easily held Tampa to one goal, if not for an equipment malfunction. "It's the same thing". In eight playoff games, Pastrnak leads the Bruins with five goals and 12 assists.

"Whoever we play is going to be a tough challenge, a fun challenge and a great opportunity", Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman said after a 3-1 Game 5 victory against New Jersey that sealed the series against the Devils. The first one was a complete effort as Brad Marchand kept the puck in the zone and then Pastrnak made a handsome pass to Bergeron. Honestly, I can not see that being the case as they are well and truly dialled in at this time of year.

Rick Nash is able to snipe one past Andrei Vasilevskiy to score his second of the game and put the Bruins up 3-2.

Power-play opportunities_Boston 1 of 1; Tampa Bay 1 of 3. The matchups started to go Boston's way, so the chances got less unsafe.

"We were resilient today", Rask told NBC after the game. They've had games where they fired a combined 18 shots on goal, missed a combined nine shots, and had 10 of their attempts blocked.

During the penalty, Rask loses his skate in the crease and is unable to have a full range of motion during the play.

The Bruins outshot the Leafs 195 to 162, and had more scoring chances as well, by a count of 177-167.

Note: The Leafs last won a playoff series in 2004 when they beat the Ottawa Senators in seven games before falling to Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 in the conference semifinal. Or will the Sharks take another step towards getting back to the Cup final after losing to Pittsburgh in 2016?