Boston Bruins: B's jump out to electric start in game 1

Sergio Cunningham
April 30, 2018

It hasn't quieted down 24 hours later. The Lightning scored twice, once on a Dan Girardi point shot that was deflected off a body in front and a second time on a power-play shot that got past Rask while he was trying to get a whistle because his skate blade popped off. Rask's save percentage wasn't ideal, but it was strong enough to make this an easier win than expecting, and his pass completion rate was fine considering he threw that blade without harming anyone. The Bruins struggled on the road down the stretch and I just don't see them having the energy they did in game one. As the source pointed out, it's not necessarily just based on Rask's play, but that he has become such a polarizing figure in the Boston sports landscape and that combined with his performance at times, many wonder whether a fresh start will be better for both sides.

How The Lightning Win Only three forwards who played all five games against the New Jersey Devils in the first round failed to score a goal. Six current Bruins - Bergeron, Marchand, Rask, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Adam McQuaid were part of that team, which went on win the Stanley Cup. "The chances were there, which is good...and I finally got rewarded tonight". Careful what you wish for. You can't really get mad at Rask for giving up that goal. Even after the Bruins prevailed in an excruciating seven-game series in the first round against Toronto, Rask's sub-.900 save percentage and Nash's one goal scored were talking points that were beaten to a pulp.

Rask had a great game. The facts and history prove he does but facts don't seem to matter with Rask haters. Rask preserved a lead with consecutive saves on Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn. Rask is 2-2 by the way. San Jose goalie Martin Jones was nearly as good as Fleury in the first round, finishing with a.970 save percentage to go along with one shutout.

The Washington Capitals' six-game series win over the Columbus Blue Jackets was the fourth-highest in terms of ERs per game (7,599), and both teams were among the top 25 individual ER drivers during the first round. That superhuman display of goaltending is likely not to be replicated too many more times. If adjustments are required, the player shall leave the ice and play shall continue with a substitute. The Sharks are tied for second in the National Hockey League for scoring, averaging four goals per game through four games.

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Meanwhile, those who couldn't find tickets took the party outside. That came in 2004, and the Lightning won their only Stanley Cup. "I was laughing about it because my dad and I have watched him a lot and every player wants that spotlight". If the Lightning attack him with their speed - which they will - it may be hard for him to keep up.

"I'm happy when we're able to do that [score a lot] and obviously we've got to try to keep that going", center Patrice Bergeron said, "but good defense is also good offense so we have to make sure we tighten up some areas in our defensive zone coverage". Kucherov is fifth in playoff scoring but bear in mind that he's played two games less than those above him (Guentzel, Crosby, Pastrnak and Ovechkin).

"Hopefully, whatever the difference is, we have it, and they don't". Well, it didn't as the Bruins routed the Lightning by a score of 6-2.

"That wasn't a sweep; that was Tuukka Rask", then Pittsburgh head coach Dan Byslma said at the time.

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