Boston Bruins Post Game Recap: ECSF Game 1: Boston at Tampa Bay

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By: Garrett Haydon | Follow me on twitter @thesportsguy97

Home: Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-1 in the postseason

Away: Boston Bruins, 4-3 in the postseason

Tampa Bay’s Lineup

Forwards

J.T. Miller-Stamkos-Kucherov

Palat-Point-Johnson

Killorn-Cirelli-Gourde

Kunitz-Paquette-Callahan

Defense

Hedman-Girardi

McDonagh-Stralman

Coburn-Sergachev

Goalies

Vasilevskiy

Domingue

Boston’s Lineup

Forwards

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Rick Nash

Heinen-Riley Nash-Backes

Schaller-Kuraly-Acciari

Defense

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Miller

Grzelcyk-McQuaid

Goalies

Rask

Khudobin

First Period

Both teams traded chances in the early going, but the game remained scoreless thanks to a couple strong saves by both goaltenders. Tuukka Rask looked exceptionally sharp early as the Lightning brought pressure early and often.

Both teams mixed it up physically, and it was clear that neither team wanted to give the other team an edge. The Lightning continued to get the better of the scoring chances but couldn’t solve Rask. The Bruins didn’t help themselves with a ton of turnovers in the defensive zone.

The Bruins would go to the powerplay with 2:57 to play in the period as Ryan Callahan tripped Kevan Miller in the offensive zone. Just eight seconds into the man advantage Rick Nash tipped a David Pastrnak wrist shot by Andre Vasilevskiy to give the Bruins a late first-period lead.

Score: 1-0 Boston

Second Period

After a strong shift by the first line, Patrice Bergeron drilled home a one-timer on a pass from Pastrnak to give the B’s a 2-0 lead just 42 seconds into the period.

The Lightning answered as a shot from the point by Dan Girardi got by Rask to cut the lead in half with 17:29 to go in the period.

An apparent goal by the Bruins was called back as Pastrnak was called for a cross-check and the Lightning went on the power play for the first time looking to tie the game. The Bruins killed off the penalty thanks a couple clutch saves by Rask. Shortly after the penalty expired, Nash fired an absolute snipe by Vasilevskiy on the rush for his second goal of the afternoon with 7:27 left to play in the period.

Eight seconds after the goal, Jake DeBrusk was called for interference which gave the Lightning another powerplay. The Lightning cut the lead back to one on a goal by Mikhail Sergachav who fired in a shot from the point with 6:38 to go after Rask had one of his skate blades come off.

Rask had a fantastic stop on Ondrej Palat with under a minute left in the period to keep it a one-goal game.

Score: 3-2 Boston

Third Period

The Bruins regained the two-goal lead as Brad Marchand deflected Charlie McAvoy’s shot past Vasilevskiy just 3:32 into the period.

The Bruins controlled the action for the majority of the first half of the third period with some good scoring opportunities and good shot blocking.

Bergeron buried his second goal of the game on a sweet feed from Marchand to extend the lead to three with 9:49 remaining in the game.

With 8:36 to go, the Lightning went to the power play for the third time in the game as DeBrusk was penalized again, this time for a cross check. The Bruins killed it off without many chances for the Lightning. In an interesting move, Lightning coach Jon Cooper pulled the goalie and DeBrusk empty-netter with 6:19 to go to make it 6-2 Bruins.

Final Score: 6-2 Boston

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