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Lightning 3, Bruins 1: No match for Lightning's speed

Sara Civian
May 06, 2018 - 6:11 pm

An argument could be made that Brad Marchand was justified in screaming “For what?!” He had received a questionable embellishment call to match Victor Hedman’s holding call, but it was just a distraction. It was also the last time you really saw Marchand for the rest of the game.

All the bad officiating in the world wouldn’t have changed the Lightning’s domination in the neutral zone and speed the Bruins simply couldn’t match. Tampa got the first good looks of the game, the Bruins got three early icings, and when not being down two goals in the first 10 minutes of the game is something new...well...the outlook for the Bruins’ season wasn’t great.

Struggles aside, the Bruins got a late 5-on-3 opportunity -- great news for a team full of forwards that haven’t scored an even strength goal since Game 1. As the 5-on-3 turned to a 5-on-4, David Krejci’s first goal of the series got the Bruins on the scoreboard first with 47.6 left in the first:

That was huge in a series where the team that scored first had always won the game. The thing about narratives is the Lightning move too quickly to hear them.

There just wasn’t much to like about the Bruins’ play in the second. Charlie McAvoy’s best game of the playoffs on both ends of the ice stands out for the optimists.

Brayden Point will capitalize on your turnover every time. Kevan Miller was his latest victim, and after stealing the puck off Miller’s turnover, he’d bury it on his backhand for the 1-1 equalizer with 9:17 left in the period.

Considering David Backes’ concussion history, it was tough to watch him down on the ice holding his head after a head-to-head collision with J.T. Miller. He didn’t return to the game. Minutes later, Miller stole the 2-1 lead on a powerplay that existed because of Patrice Bergeron’s first penalty of the series. Bleak.

Ryan McDonaugh tripped David Pastrnak with 4:18 left to play, and the “season on the line”  moment arrived when the whistle was actually blown. A few good chances came out of that power play, but none could solve Andrei Vasilevskiy. All he’s really had to do this series was show up right there. So he did.

It was fitting that Point won the faceoff that ended the Bruins’ season. The little things he’s done all series were too much for Boston. Tampa’s resulting empty-netter was the 3-1 finalizer.


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