Lightning wants to push Bruins to brink

Lawrence Kim
May 4, 2018

Plagued by slow starts and an absence of scoring depth for much of their first two second-round games against the Lightning, the B's offered up more of the same on Wednesday night at TD Garden in a 4-1 loss that left them trailing in the best-of-seven series, 2-1. "I assume they'll be fine tomorrow", Cassidy said. "We talked about it, but it's easier said than done". "We'll see in the morning". They found it on the power play when Patrice Bergeron buried his fourth goal of the series to bring Boston back within one.

The Bruins' top line was dominant in Game 1, a 6-2 victory, but haven't been as potent in Games 2 and 3. The Bruins missed the net 17 times and had their shots blocked 19 times total in the game. "We've got guys out there working their butts off to try and stay ready if their name is called and guys that get that look - make the most of it".

Palat on returning from injury: "I'm just happy it's going in [the net], but I thought the whole team played well tonight".

He robbed Reilly Smith early in the game and delivered big saves throughout.

Tyler Johnson scooped up Matt Grzelcyk's giveaway and fed it to Palat, who flicked the puck past Rask just 1:47 into the contest.

But the San Jose goalie also delivered some big-time saves, including back-to-back stops against William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault on a Vegas power play in the final minute of the second. Anton Stralman took a tripping minor and gave the Bruins a power play. The Sharks have turned things around completely from Game 1, when they were constantly a step behind the speedier Golden Knights in a 7-0 loss.

"You don't ever go into any games saying 'Oh, we have the luxury of being able to lose this one'". "It sounds simple, but that's generally how it works, and we haven't won enough pucks". "The second and third goals, to me, are much worse". Logan Couture won an offensive zone faceoff against Erik Haula, and Mikkel Boedker took the puck behind the net for a wraparound attempt.

BY THE NUMBERS: 104-73 - the combined rate that the Bruins are being outshot after the first three games of the series between the Bruins and Lightning that shows a real alarming disparity in puck possession.

Assuming health isn't a factor, any lineup changes up front will involve Brian Gionta or Ryan Donato. The Vegas Golden Knights host the San Jose Sharks in Friday's late game.

Cirelli, with his first career National Hockey League postseason goal, scored just over two minutes later to restore the Lightning's two-goal lead. Joonas Donskoi went coast-to-coast and beat Marc-Andre Fleury glove side with five seconds left in the period to give San Jose a 2-0 lead after the first.

The Bruins' strength all season long was the success of the Bergeron line, and that carried into the postseason, as they only beat the Leafs when that line was rolling. Sorensen has five goals in 14 playoff games compared to six in 51 regular-season games.

"Whenever you can contribute offensively, it's good", Cirelli said.

NOTES: Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez was the honorary fan banner captain, waving a Bruins flag before the game.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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