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NHL Game Night: 4-3-18 Bruins at Lightning

The payoff and the payback.

BOS-0
TB-4

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 33 shots he faced for the SO win and to release the kittens. That was early season Vasiy: made the early situational saves and allowed his team to build the big lead and then cruise to the finish line.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
5:01 TB Point (31), (Kucherov, Coburn)
10:59 TB Hedman (16), (Coburn, Callahan)
14:27 TB Kunitz (13), (Callahan, Girardi)

Third Period
2:34 TB Miller (23), (unassisted)

Vasilevskiy, Brayden Coburn, and Ryan Callahan were the game’s three stars.

You could see the Lightning coming along in the last week or two, but after losing 4 of 5 the team had reached a moment of truth tonight. A loss would’ve fueled a full-blown crisis of confidence heading into the postseason that, thankfully, we don’t have to worry about now. Even without Stamkos in the lineup the team turned in a gritty and swaggy performance that keeps their Atlantic Division title hopes alive with two more regular season tilts left on the schedule.

Anthony Cirelli had 1 shot and 2 hits and was 53% on 15 draws in 14:06. Played a smart, simple game stepping up to fill some of Stamkos’ vacated ice time.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.