Resilient Lightning down Bruins to knot series 1-1
- Author: Angelo Rivera May 02, 2018,
May 02, 2018, 1:31
The Tampa Bay Lightning have been just as resilient in the Stanley Cup playoffs as they've been all season.
Brayden Point - Tampa Bay's second-year centre buried an empty-netter to follow his three assists in a 4-2 Game Two win against Boston, evening the series for the Lightning.
Brayden Point had a goal and three assists for the Lightning. The B's won't complain too much about splitting the first two games in Florida, but one can't help but wonder whether things would have played out a little differently had the officiating been a bit better in Game 2. Golden Knights RW James Neal had two assists in a 4-3 Game Three overtime win at San Jose, and has six points (2 G, 4 A) in seven playoff games. "How could none of these be called at the most crucial part of a hockey game, in the playoffs?"
"Protecting the back end has always been key for us and is something we talk about because I always say it is our best offense", said Bergeron.
Point secured the win with an open-net goal with 25.5 seconds remaining.
"We needed to have a bounce back, we needed to have an answer, and I thought we did that", Johnson said. "So, tough one there, but I mean, we had some chances on the power play and we have to capitalize".
Cooper said he never considered changing the matchup against Boston's top line. This is what they do.And, by now, we shouldn't be surprised by any of it.Backs against the wall?
Lightning head coach Jon Cooper sang praise for point after their home victory, saying that he competes and plays hard.
"Obviously", he said. "He slashed him right on the hands". The most egregious officiating mishap came late in the third period, when Brad Marchand skated in on a breakaway just moments after Torey Krug cut Tampa Bay's lead to 3-2 and the refs missed an obvious slashing call on Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had 27 saves and kept the Bruins in contention to the final minute of the game.
3 takeaways from the Celtics' decisive Game 1 win against the 76ers: The Philadelphia 76ers probably should have won Game 1, playing against a team that had no Jaylen Brown and a day of rest. "They'll play hard and so will we".
It was a hard-hitting, fast, physical game in Tampa Bay tonight, ending with the Lightning tying up the series at one game a piece.
With the exception of failing to taking advantage of a long 5-on-3 power play, the Bruins made the most of limited chances, with the Bergeron line leading the way.