NHL Playoff Game Day: 5-6-18 Bruins at Lightning

Lightning stay the course and finish off the Bruins.

Eastern Conference Semifinals


Tampa Bay Wins the Series 4-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 1 goal on 28 shots for the victory. Didn't face a ton of quality chances until Boston made their late push to equalize and in those moments Andrei was huge.

First Period
19:12 BOS Krejci (3), (McAvoy, Bergeron)(PP)

Second Period
10:43 TB Point (4), (unassisted)
14:00 TB Miller (2), (Kucherov, Stamkos)(PP)

Third Period
18:31 TB Stralman (1), (Hedman)(EN)

Vasilevskiy, J.T. Miller, and Brayden Point were the game's three stars.

What a series by the Tampa Bay Lightning as the exorcised the demons of the past quarter century to humiliate the Bruins in five games. After a horrible result in Game One, Brayden Point's line rebounded to outplay the Bruins' top line and help lead the Lightning into the Eastern Conference Finals. Today, the Lightning showed the maturity to stay the course at 5v5 after a hard luck late power play goal allowed in the First Period. The Lightning kept up the pressure and it was ultimately Point that unlocked Rask and Ondrej Palat who later drew the penalty that led to J.T. Miller's game winning power play goal. Those two players, Point and Palat, had amazing series and played some of the best 200 foot hockey you'll ever see in your life.

Now the Lightning await the winner of the Caps/Penguins series. Who am I rooting for in that encounter? A natural disaster that swallows up both teams, of course.

Anthony Cirelli had 2 hits and 1 blocked shot in 13:22. He was also 42% on 19 draws. The Lightning won 55% as a team today and that was a tremendous factor in their ability to win this series overall. They punched well above their weight class in the circles.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.