Lightning strike quickly to beat Bruins for series lead

Tampa Bay storm Boston to take series lead 2-1.

Tampa Bay storm Boston to take series lead 2-1.

He seemed to labor at times despite staying in the net during the second period. The Lightning had 19 first period shots; the teams combined for 19 shots in the middle frame.

Remember as well that Tampa Bay had a week off between the end of their series with New Jersey and the start of their series with Boston. He has a career.925 SP with five shutouts, but more than that he has put up a single-game.950 SP or better in 21 of his 63 playoff games. That was about all the Bruins gave their home crowd to cheer about. A pair of goals from Ondrej Palat just minutes into the matchup was the primary avenue through which the Bolts established an early lead - the implications of which ran rampant throughout the rest of the game. The Bruins finally sustained some pressure late in the period when Rask went to the bench for an extra attacker, but Torey Krug took a tripping minor that all but finished Boston's chances. The Lightning forward elicited a clear sigh of relief as he finally got on the scoring sheet for the first time this series.

UNDATED (AP) - Tom Wilson's aggressive play has earned him a three-game suspension. Whether he's in his worst slump of the season or still feeling the effects of the puck shot at his head that almost tore off his ear, Nash has been a shell of his former self and he has the one assist on his stat line to prove it. Heinen has scored just once and even earned a spot in the press box for Game 6 of the Toronto series. He curled off the boards and darted toward the net, perfecting a few dekes along the way, before firing his shot and flying through the air as the puck found the back of the net.

Marc-Andre Fleury had 30 saves for Vegas, which took its first road playoff loss in four tries. Finally, at 14 of the first, the B's had a shot on goal and gained a bit of momentum from it. On the other hand, its penalty kill is ranked third overall, and it's successfully killed off 82.8 percent of all opponent power plays. Jones saw the puck well all night, and his reactions were prompt and precise as well.

Against a loaded Tampa team, though, two lines may not be enough to get the Bruins beyond this round, and that's where Backes comes in. "You've got to have numbers back and keep your head on a swivel because they're very talented". It just wasn't the Golden Knights' night.




And while there's reason to believe the underlying numbers for the two clubs can float back down closer to even over the course of a longer series, goaltender Tuukka Rask really, truly stealing a game might be the only way the Bruins will be able to get to that point.

What a way to open the scoring. He stopped all 34 shots he faced for his second shutout of the postseason.

Jon Cooper was asked after Game 3 what his team has done to turn around its series with the Boston Bruins. The seven-episode series will go on the ice, in locker rooms, inside the minds of the players and coaches and everywhere in between to give viewers an all-access pass during the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the pursuit of the Stanley Cup - the hardest trophy to win in professional sports. Needless to say, the Bolts are going to have to bring their "A" game if they want to pick up a victory in Game 4.

Nashville couldn't have gotten off to a better start in enemy territory on Tuesday. 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?

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