Resilient Lightning rebound to beat Bruins 4-2 in Game 2

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak
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04 May, 2018

In the first two games, the Bruins have done everything to get under the skin of the Lightning and some of the actions have left marks, including two stitches under the eye of Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy admitted after Wednesday night's Game 3 loss to the Lightning that lineup changes were possible, and he said after practice Thursday that it's likely he'll "tinker" with the lineup for Game 4. The trio has been very good at times through the course of the season. It wasn't the 7-0 type of blowout that Vegas laid on the Sharks in Game 1, but it was almost as bad-San Jose controlled the game all night.

Boston skaters have been penalized 3.7 times per game in total this season, 3.6 per game over their last five outings total, and 3.4 per game over their last five home outings.

Palat, of the Czech Republic, scored two unanswered goals in the first period on Wednesday with the first coming just 1:47 in and the second at 3:19 for the Lightning who have won two consecutive games after losing the second round series opener on home ice. "We've got to get the healthy guys sorted out first and then go from there", said Cassidy.

"As the game went along, I think the will is there with the group; I don't doubt that". A lot of discussion yesterday - the question centered around secondary scoring.

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Returning to the earlier seating breakdown, we definitely realize that this policy affects such a tiny percentage of those who want to take in a playoff game while not pledging allegiance to the Lightning, but it is interesting to ponder whether the measure makes for good business and if it somehow fails to "embrace the passion of invading fans", as Edwards asserted. Well, you have to defend better. That's where my issue lies. "Trust me, if there was any talk of pulling him off that line, I think those three guys would have marched right into my room and said, 'What are you doing?'" The Bruins and Lightning resume their series on Friday night at TD Garden. Here's one stab at it. Left winger Brad Marchand did contribute two assists. The Krejci line is capable of scoring more.

Then take another look at the Rick Nash, Riley Nash, Backes combination that was tried in the Toronto and had its intriguing moments. I would never count Pittsburgh out, but Washington looks like the better team and looks capable of finally clearing the Pittsburgh hurdle. He stopped the initial Anthony Cirelli shot on the third goal allowed in the first period, but the defense couldn't clear it away before Cirelli followed his shot and buried a rebound goal as a fourth liner.

Is Donato ready to carry this team? Will it be the veteran Preds goalie Pekka Rinne or the Jets Connor Hellebuyck, who established an National Hockey League record for wins in a season by an American-born goalie this season when he won 44 games? Tampa Bay was the No. 1 seed in the East for a reason, and it has already shown in this series that it is anything but a pushover.

It was Tampa Bay's second playoff win in Boston and its first since May 14, 2011, when the Lightning beat the Bruins 5-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Seguin was pedestrian the rest of the way but his skill got them over a hump.

This was a awful period from the Bruins, they were being beaten to the puck losing faceoffs (It is hard to win a faceoff when the best center gets thrown out for batting an eye).


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