NHL Playoff Game Night: 4-30-18 Bruins at Lightning

Point line redemption levels series against hated Bruins.

Eastern Conference Semifinals

BOS-2
TB-4

Series Tied 1-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 20 shots for the win. Horribly soft goal on the second goal, but the team didn't pay for it ultimately. He did make several key situational saves up until that point.

First Period
11:47 TB Gourde (2), (Point, Sergachev)(PP)
18:30 BOS McAvoy (1), (Bergeron, Marchand)

Second Period
10:14 TB Johnson (3), (Point, Palat)

Third Period
14:08 TB Palat (2), (Point)
15:58 BOS Krug (3), (Pastrnak, Marchand)
19:34 TB Point (2), (Hedman)(EN)

Tyler Johnson, Brayden Point, and Ryan Callahan were the game's three stars.

That was a Lightning team with urgency and passion and they absolutely deserved the victory in Game Two no matter the protestations from Bruins Pravda, er NBCSN. The way was led by the redemption of Brayden Point's line, which rebounded from the shame of their Game One performance against Boston's Bergeron line to outright win that matchup in Game Two. If that line outplays the Bergeron line, Boston can't win this series. Flat out. So, we'll see what Boston's response is moving forward in Game Three. Also of note in this game was the physicality of the Lightning as they absolutely pasted the Bruins throughout the match. J.T. Miller. Ryan Callahan. Cedric Paquette. Ondrej Palat. Up and down the Lightning lineup they handed out heavy hits and, I think, took Boston completely off guard with the sheer volume of violence they could deploy. With that said, Boston's a big nasty team and I expect them to try and thug it up on their home ice after getting their punk cards pulled in Game Two. The Lightning need to be ready to sustain the physical intensity they showed tonight. Can't be a one night show.

Boston's going to complain about the uncalled slash on the Marchand breakaway in the Third Period. Cry me a river. Brad Marchand got away with literally biting a linesman in a First Period. Not kidding. He literally bit a linesman on the arm. No call. Tim Schaller punches Vasilevskiy in the mask skating by his crease in the Second Period. No call. You can lecture me all about the finer points of normal game officiating the second you cut crap like that and throwing skate blades and licking your opponents out of your game. Not before.

Tampa Bay gave themselves a chance with the win tonight, but the heaviest lifting is left to come. Task one: get at least one of Game Three or Four in Boston and, at a minimum, make this a 3-game series where the Lightning have home ice. It's going to take an even sharper, direct, and physical performance than what we saw tonight, but I think this Lightning team has it in them. They've had the possession advantage, big time, in both games. If they mix in the snarl to go with it and the Point line continues to at least break even with the Bergeron line I like Tampa Bay's chances.

Anthony Cirelli was -1 with 2 shots and was 75% on 8 draws in 11:09.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.