Rask won three of four starts against the Lightning during the regular season, with Tampa Bay's lone victory coming in the final meeting.
Between the birth of his first child in Tampa Bay and Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in Boston, Yanni Gourde squeezed in what could be his last nap for a while. Tampa Bay, which beat out the B's for first place in the Eastern Conference by a single point, has shown enough offensive depth to survive without a meaningful goal from its top line of J.T. Miller, Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov (the trio figured in its first goal in Game 3 - an empty-net power-play goal with 42 seconds remaining), as well as impressive ability to protect and play with a lead.
Boston is ranked 7th in the National Hockey League with 8.0 takeaways per game. I think we've done a good job of reeling it in and playing the way we can play.
Tampa Bay is ranked 19th this season with 7.1 takeaways per game. I still see this a series with great potential to go a full seven games, so expect the Bruins to bounce back strong tonight. In the postseason, the team's attempting an average of 34.0 shots on goal 3.5 goals per game.
By that point in Game 3, Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat had scored a pair of goals: one on a awful turnover by Boston rookie defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, in which he lost sight of the puck and literally skated away from the play, and the other on a tip out front.
"We lost 6-2, so it doesn't matter how we feel about how we played", Cooper said. Boston's top line contributed all three goals, but it wasn't enough on the night. I don't know if there is discipline for spitting in someone's face. "You're not going to walk through teams", said Marchand. Therefore, a loss of Krug would be catastrophic to the Bruins' blue line as well as their power play.
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Palat made it 2-0 just 92 seconds later on a shot that deflected off Bruins defenseman Torey Krug and into the net. After Rask kicked Dan Girardi's shot all the way out to the left point, Victor Hedman drove it from there as Palat crossed in front of Rask. "That was a game we just threw in the garbage and turned the page".
"He was really good", Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said.
Hopefully the officiating is better in game 3. We're some of them warranted?
The play occurred during the second period where Tampa Bay was up 3-1 in the game and on their way to taking a 2-1 series lead. Because of it, he had career lows in goals (11) and assists (24) in only 56 games.
Unfortunately for the Bruins, the officials appeared to miss a holding call against the Lightning right before they scored the tying goal. When asked about the situation following game two, Bergeron didn't point any fingers, rather he said it's his job to fix it.
"You want to sweep every series, obviously".