"I wasn't sure if he should have thrown that skate blade, and I was like, 'No, don't do it, '" Patrice Bergeron said about the freaky sequence.
The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning kick off Saturday's schedule at Amalie Arena in a clash of Atlantic Division rivals, while the Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks face off at night in Game 2.
How The Bruins Win The line of Patrice Bergeron between Marchand and David Pastrnak will give the Lightning's much-maligned defense corps all it can handle. Why? "Obviously, the game took over so it was a very special moment, very special Game 7 for sure, and I'm very happy that we won it". When we're suddenly going from where we think we're going to be winning, to losing, nobody on that bench is very happy... the work you do this summer allows you to play eight weeks [in the playoffs] instead of two weeks. If the Bruins can lock down these guys they will be in good shape. The group combined for 11 points, highlighted by four-point nights from Pastrnak (four assists) and Marchand (one goal, three assists), and a three-point outing from Bergeron (two goals, one assist).
Dan Girardi also scored for the Lightning, who trailed by one goal entering the third period. He could have charged down the right-wing and gone around the net with the puck to avoid a wallop from the Other Jake, defenceman Gardiner, who inexplicably had turned to the middle but got to the intersection of puck and blue-paint at the exact time DeBrusk got the puck towards goalie Fredrik Andersen.
Game 2 is Monday night in Tampa.
"That one was mine", Johnson said.
Boston's players have been penalized 3.7 times per game in total this season, and 2.6 per game over their last five match ups.
Following a regular season in which the team sent a franchise record for most wins (49), to see their run come to such a stunningly quick end hasn't been sitting right. The Bruins defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Seven 7-4, after exploding with four goals in the third period. The Lightning are a great team, but they aren't deep.
BRANDON - The welts and the bruises and - yes, even the broken bones - they are the badges given this time of year to the hearty souls who, in hockey vernacular, sacrifice the body.They are awarded to the guys who knock aside wrist.
Nash scored to make it 3-1 at 12:33, taking a drop pass from David Krejci and beating Vasilevskiy blocker side from the top of the right face-off circle.
Even though the rule states that play must go on in the event of an equipment issue, the animated Rask was visibly upset as he tried to draw attention toward the officials and linesmen to blow things dead. The series will feature the Eastern Conference's top two teams. The Bruins will look to jump out to a 1-0 lead and take control of the series. Let us hope that Rask shows up Wednesday. "There were 20 games there where he wasn't able to push it and his skating never got back to the level he was at".
NOTES: Vasilevskiy stopped 18 shots. Then he continued to play well throughout the first two. then in the third period, we saw the Rask we were missing all series and he made highlight save after save. The Bruins and Lightning are meeting in the playoffs for only the second time.
Tuukka Rask managed just an.899 save percentage in the seven-game series, and will need to be better against a Lightning offense that was tops in the conference with both 296 goals and a +60 goal differential. For whatever reason, the Bruins score and grab the momentum and quiet the crowd.