The chase for Lord Stanley’s Cup continues tonight in Florida when the Bruins take the ice in a postseason contest against the Lightning. The drop of the puck is slated for 7:00 p.m. ET at Amalie Arena. Stanley Cup Preview and Free Pick: Boston at Tampa Bay.
It took the second place Atlantic Division Bruins a full seven games to find their way to the East semifinals. But Boston squared up a well rested Tampa squad and found victory in Game #1 of their best-of-seven series on Saturday night. The 6-2 win was nothing short of an embarrassment for Tampa. The Bruins had their way with the Bolts defense in the second and third periods. And despite The Bruins registering just 10 shots against Lightning (-150, 6) goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy over the last two periods they scored on five of those.
Rick Nash had two goals and the Bruins’ high-scoring line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand combined for 11 points, however Rask’s ability to retain his composure after Mikhail Sergachev’s goal trimmed Boston’s lead to 3-2 was every bit as important.
Boston goalie Tuukka Rask made 34 saves in Game #1. Rask was nothing short of spectacular in the first period when the Lightning tested the netminder with 24 shots on goal.
The Lightning will need more from goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy if they plan to even the series. Vasilevskiy has had little success against Boston in his career. The Bolts netminder is 1-4-1 in six career regular-season games with a .922 save percentage versus Boston.
The Bruins won three of four matchups against the Lightning in the regular season and take a commanding 2-0 best-of-seven series lead with their second straight road victory tonight on Amalie ice.
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