Lightning Advances to Second Round over Devils

Lightning Advances to Second Round over Devils

For the visiting Bruins, the offense will be coordinated by Brad Marchand (37 goals, 57 assists) and David Pastrnak (40 goals, 53 assists).

The Boston Bruins were on fire Saturday afternoon.

Listen, the Lightning shouldn't feel bad about what the Bergeron line did to them in Saturday's victory. The Bruins have gone 24-21 on the road and they have averaged 2.93 gpg and have allowed 2.60 gpg in those games.

Games can be live-streamed on NBC Sports Live. With their dynamic-duo performance in Game 1, they silenced the peanut gallery ... at least for a couple of days.

The McDonagh-Stralman pairing is probably Bolts coach Jon Cooper's best (and maybe only) bet against Bergeron's line. In their three wins in this series, Andersen has stopped 114 of 120 shots (.950 save percentage).

But while a kid named DeBrusk made everyone happy, a veteran named Rask sent everyone home with nagging worries.

After throwing his skate blade in disgust, Rask got his blade repaired by the equipment manager, remained calm and was still dialed in going forward. That is a once in a lifetime occurrence.

The way it works in the playoffs, give or take Pisani's mind-blowing feat in 2006 when he scored 14 times, players get hot in one round, then cool off in another as other guys kick it into gear.

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Here's another angle of Rask's reaction. We have seen this countless time from Anderson with the "did he just save that" saves. He wants to win and his passion for the game is extraordinary. If adjustments are required, the player shall leave the ice and play shall continue with a substitute. The rookie winger, who failed to connect on a number of chances earlier in the series, fought off Marchand before moving in alone on Rask and beating the Bruins netminder with a slick forehand-backhand move at 6:05. It has the ability to mesmerize with its puck possession, which nearly always comes right off the draw. His first came in the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals.

Much like Rask, a solid outing in Game 1 will do good things for Nash.

But what had to be just as encouraging to the Lightning was their ability to keep the puck out of their own net.

Nash is similar to David Backes due to the fact that they are both strong power forwards.

If the Bruins can get the better of a very good Lighting defensive corps, they have an excellent shot of continuing their Stanley Cup quest. They've had games where they fired a combined 18 shots on goal, missed a combined nine shots, and had 10 of their attempts blocked. He blasted a wrist shot from the faceoff circle past Andrei Vasilevskiy to make it a 3-1 game. Eight of the top 10 games in terms of ERs came from the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia series (five games) and Boston-Toronto (three games).

"I mean it's awesome everyone comes around here", said Ryan Orr who was at Ferg's, "everyone is a Bolts fan, if we score a goal you can literally hear it in Ocala, Florida". Whether it was Pastrnak's brilliant pass to Bergeron in the second or Marchand's feed to the four-time Selke Winner in the third, the group got into a groove against another high-caliber trio. Well, even his detractors might give Rask a deserved break here, and not just for Matt Grzelcyk and Adam McQuaid screening him on Dan Girardi's first playoff goal in four years, or for losing a skate blade leading up to Mikhail Sergachev's second of the postseason.

Everyone seemed to be in sync.

It's endeared him to Bruins' fans, for sure.

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