Published: Mon, April 30, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Lightning vs. Bruins live stream, Game 2

Lightning vs. Bruins live stream, Game 2

The Tuukka hate in Boston grew louder throughout the seven-game conference quarterfinals and reached a crescendo during Rask's roller coaster ride of a performance in Game 7. 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. They had time for one day off and one practice following Friday morning's flight, while the Lightning had six days to alternate between rest and practice after finishing their first-round series against the Devils in Game 5 last Friday.

Andrei Vasilevskiy really struggled in game one as he allowed five goals on just 23 shot attempts to fall to 4-2 with a 2.51 GAA and a.922 save percentage in the postseason this year, while in the postseason in his career, he is now 8-7 with a 2.72 GAA and a.921 save percentage. The Lightning do not possess such a game on a regular basis - or are defined by it like the Maple Leaf defense corps has been; Tampa Bay finished the regular season with the sixth-fewest blocked shots in the league, and they now sit as the team with the second-fewest blocked shots in postseason action.

Another difference maker is a battle between the goalies and so far Tuukka Rask has lost. The puck was out on the perimeter and Rask repeatedly screamed to get the officials' attention while he frantically peg-legged his way around the crease. Tampa Bay's Mikhail Sergachev scored to make it 3-2.

Rask needs to continue to play like he did on Saturday. He appeared to be in full meltdown mode. Let us hope that Rask shows up Wednesday.

As if to say, "What else do you got?" Does he lose big games? Yes.

"We're having fun", Pastrnak said about playing with his fellow linemates. That's nice. It also might be the most National Hockey League thing ever. There is no rule for referees to stop play for a broken piece of equipment, regardless of whether the equipment belongs to a goaltender or skater.

In order to avoid falling in to a hole, the Tampa Bay Lightning know they need to shake off any rust that may have set in after a week of inaction. "But the ref told me that if they had seen it they would have blown it".

"It was fun to watch, I guess". 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. "I'm still in awe", said DeBrusk. It was nice to see that emotion out of him and the way he stepped up in that game.

"We have a lot of experience". There was also no resulting penalty for Rask throwing his blade.

"I didn't throw it at anyone", he said. Other than Hall, Kopitar and MacKinnon, you could have made cases for Claude Giroux, Nikita Kucherov, Evgeni Malkin, Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin, and maybe even a few more depending on your definition of "value" to ones team.

With Rask off the ice, it was an opportunity to get a glimpse at what the future might look like between the pipes for the Bruins. Round one games were split between six networks, including NBC, NBCSN, USA, NHL Network, Golf Channel and CNBC. Nash was much better Saturday afternoon and provided the Bruins with continued scoring from outside of their top line. However, each time the Penguins came out on top, including both of the last two seasons as they went on to win the Stanley Cup. "And that's what we did".

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