Lightning could push Bruins to the brink

Lightning could push Bruins to the brink

He scores timely goals.

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman had one assist in each of the first two games this series and added two more assists in the Game 3 win.

"Well, I mean, he's just Mr". He knows what he has to bring.

The Rask haters will try and tell you something different, but don't let them fool you.

The Lightning are an organization with a clear identity. It's too bad the Bruins haven't been able to muster much offensively in either of the last couple playoff losses because they're wasting Rask going through a pretty good stretch performance-wise.

Tampa Bay forward Ondrej Palat came into Game 3 with two goals this postseason, but by the end of the contest he had two more as he played a vital role in a 4-1 victory in Boston.

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Brad Marchand (38 goals, 62 assists) will pace the offensive attack for the home team.

"You need your best players to be your best players, and clearly that happened tonight for us, ' Cassidy said". "Obviously, I wanted to be there for my wife and, I think, it ended up it was flawless".

I never expected to be writing that the Capitals have thoroughly outplayed the Penguins through the first three games, but they have.

"We're expecting a big pushback from them", Point said. Nevertheless, it's surprising that the team's top combination of J.T. Miller, Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov has failed to register a point over the course of two games. The Lightning have utterly controlled play at five-a-side with a 58.7 shots for percentage, 57.1 Corsi for percentage, 57.3 scoring chances for percentage and dangerously close to 66 percent of the high-danger chances. Sorensen struck first, using a pick from linemate Eric Fehr to get loose from the corner and then skated around two defenseman to beat Fleury with his fourth goal of the playoffs. The first they were outplayed all game.

There was momentum for the Bruins after this goal, but it was not enough to keep Boston scoring.

This series has seven games written all over it. Instead, the Lightning gamers flexed their will for a full 60 minutes.

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But the fact of the matter is that Boston's $7 million a year goaltender has arguably been the team's "best" player (a relative term) this series.

"Drop of the puck, we need to be ready - focused, in synch, engaged, urgent - to make sure we're not giving anything for free", said veteran winger David Backes.

"They play both ends of the rink". It's hard to do - to amp yourself up, game after game after game.

The Bruins are going to be looking for a little redemption before heading back to Tampa for Game 5.

It's a hallmark of what they stand for.

Cedric Paquette and David Backes had themselves a "playoff fight" after Backes laid-out Dan Girardi, which fired up the hungry Boston crowd. Then there was the endless energy from Gourde, who only arrived in Boston around noon on Wednesday following the birth of his daughter Emma. The Bolts power play went to work and scored on a attractive backdoor pass from Mikhail Sergachev. These two goals scored by Palat were the seventh fastest scored goals in National Hockey League playoff history. All in less than 12 minutes of work. "You're not going to walk through teams", said Marchand. "He's been accepted by the team just because he does all the little things right".

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Point assisted on Tampa Bay's first three goals before sealing the win with his empty-netter with 25.2 seconds left.

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