The Boston Bruins pretty much came into this series as the underdog. Then 45 seconds later the Leafs score and get momentum back along with the crowd. This is Girardi's first of the playoffs.
After Rask got his skate fixed at the bench, the one-goal game was able to continue. He made up for the lack of statistical success by drawing penalties and staying active in all three zones.
Though the incident might have been the most amusing part of the game between Boston and Tampa Bay, there was another aspect that was far more important for Rask and his teammates: the play of the goaltender.
The Lightning are a tiny bit better in scoring, leading the league with 3.5 goals per game, and barely better on the power play, converting 23.9 percent of their opportunities.
That's a quote saved for any streaky scorer, including Nash. And in terms of possession metrics, nobody had a worse night than a 50.0 Corsi-For percentage (posted by Pastrnak in Game 3) in a losing effort.
Rask retrieved the blade, brandishing it angrily in the direction of the referees, before throwing it across the ice when it became clear that the goal would stand. Goalie Tuukka Rask made 34 saves, including all 11 he faced in the third period. Sergachev and the Lightning are able to get the puck in the net, as Rask is motioning to the refs that he can no longer move.
That was when Rask threw the skate blade. "I just wanted to make sure that everybody saw that my blade was off". "But it's nice to see that emotion out of him, especially the way that he stepped up in that game, and it definitely gives us a lot of confidence". From his strong rebound control to his solid post-to-post movement, the 2014 Vezina victor outdueled Vasilevskiy en route to a 34-save outing in one of his better performances this postseason.
Looking back on the first round, when the Maple Leafs did frustrate them into nothin' in round one, it was with a heavy shot-blocking game. The Lightning dropped the first game of the series, 6-2. It's hard to dislike them already.
Entering the final stanza of play with a one-goal lead, Boston's top line put an end to any hope of a Tampa rally, with Marchand and Bergeron each lighting the lamp to put the game out of reach. The group combined for 11 points, highlighted by four-point nights from Pastrnak (four assists) and Marchand (one goal, three assists), and a three-point outing from Bergeron (two goals, one assist).
"We're having fun", Pastrnak said about playing with his fellow linemates.
Keeping things simple doesn't mean that the trio can't show creativity.
The Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 42 seconds in the second, when Bergeron scored from the circle off a feed from Pastrnak.
"That's the one game we're going to give them", said Ray Cooper, who was cheering the Bolts on inside Amelie Arena.
Well, that encore almost ended when DeBrusk took a high, but clean hit in the third period in the defensive end. Well, something happened in Saturday that I've never seen before.