WinView Games Playbook: Lightning vs Bruins

Tuesday, 01 May, 2018

Canadian Olympic gold medalists Patrice Bergeron of L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec and Rick Nash of Brampton, Ontario each scored twice on Saturday for the Boston Bruins in their 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

"No one's happy with the night we had in Game 1", Point said. The Bruins have gone 24-21 on the road and they have averaged 2.93 gpg and have allowed 2.60 gpg in those games.

Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat, two-thirds of the Lightning's top defensive line who did not practice Sunday, will be on the ice tonight as the Lightning tries to even this best-of-seven series with the Bruins at 1-1.Point was asked about stopping th.

"We lost 6-2, so it doesn't matter how we feel about how we played". "Often times a lot of things in your game you develop in practice". He has just one goal in his last 18 games.

Tampa Bay went about that with an intense practice on Sunday as the coaching staff looks to deliver the message that the opening-game effort was good but not almost at the level needed to compete in the second round of the playoffs. "You just have to let it go and focus on the next shot", said Rask. The puck was out on the perimeter and Rask repeatedly screamed to get the officials' attention while he frantically peg-legged his way around the crease. "If you play, you need to show you can, you show you're 100 percent".

Much of the same can be said for Vegas, which looked nothing like the team that opened its second-round series with a 7-0 shellacking of San Jose. That would send up a Jake DeBrusk empty-net goal to seal the victory for the Bruins.

You're going to have to do better than that. "It kind of bit us in the ass". That line has been kept off the scoreboard in the three Boston losses. However, that task will grow far more complicated if they can't beat the Bruins on home ice in Game 2.

Cooper did not like the way his team seemed to react to what the Bruins were doing instead of playing instinctive and proactive hockey.

"We've got to execute when we do have the puck - force them to play defense, get it out and line change", Cassidy said. "I don't want our guys in the penalty box, I don't want my top guys in the penalty box wrestling".

The Lightning took their first lead of the series on the power play at 11:47 of the first.

Tampa cut the lead to 2-1 at 2:31 when center Cedric Paquette circled the Bruins cage and fed Dan Girardi on the right point. The Lightning are in need of a big bounce-back game, as they can't lose both games at home. We know they're going to come back faster and harder than they did and they played a really good game. "So, we can expect more of that".

"It's just one game", Burns said.

In only eight playoff games, Pastrnak leads the team with five goals and 12 assists. They can regain their advantage by winning either Game 3 or 4 in Boston. "That's what happened to us a lot". "You win 7-0 or you lose like last night, you always got to start fresh every night. If I play, if I'm ready, I'm ready first shift". Their ability to convert such a high percentage of their chances (Nash had two goals on two shots; Marchand was 1-for-1, etc.) made the possession numbers moot in terms of the result, but they still had to spend more time defending and trying to get the puck back than they wanted.