Lightning strike quickly, beat Bruins, lead series 2-1

But it's not just the third line or the Bolts' shutdown line of Ondrej Palat, Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson that's been doing the heavy lifting. David Pastrnak, the Bruins' deadliest scorer, could not manage to fling a single puck on Andrei Vasilveskiy.

Game 4 of the series is scheduled for Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

Pavelski's goal on the rebound of Couture's shot sealed the game midway through the third. Grzelcyk was better after that and just finished with the minus-1 rating from the opening mistake, but that set a bad tone for the rest of the game. "I thought we came back tonight knowing we'd end up better".

By that point in Game 3, Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat had scored a pair of goals: one on a awful turnover by Boston rookie defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, and the other on a tip out front. "We'll assess them in the morning, and we'll probably tinker (with the lineup), but I'm not going to tell you who is going in or out now because we've got to get the healthy guys sorted out first, and then we'll go from there".

It's the kind of recipe you need to go on a long playoff run.

Following a regular season where they found the net on 24.3 percent of all power-play chances (the third-strongest), the Lightning have been able to score on 26.9 percent of their postseason power plays. "You're not going to walk through teams", said Marchand. Is there stuff we can build off this game?

"There's a reason why they're the first-place team in the East", B's winger Rick Nash said.

"Part of it is our play and part is the guys have to have the mental toughness this time of year to just play on and play through whatever happens", he said. Once one goes in for you, and you start to feel a little bit better about yourself and your confidence grows, then maybe a couple more will follow. It also sounds like an area of focus will be matching Tampa Bay's level of physicality.

NOTES: Nabokov made 34 saves in playoff shutouts against Calgary in 2004 and Detroit in 2007. Those two traits certainly don't help a team in the middle of a playoff game, and neither does flat-out quitting.

"We've got to get back to, OK, what made us successful and play smart hockey, and the intensity will come". "I expect it in Game 3 going forward".

"We lost 6-2, so it doesn't matter how we feel about how we played", Cooper said.

Following Wednesday's Game 3 loss, the Boston Bruins find themselves in their first hole of the 2018 post-season, trailing the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in a series that will decide both Atlantic Division supremacy and who moves on to the Eastern Conference final. The Bolts power play went to work and scored on a handsome backdoor pass from Mikhail Sergachev. And when you're blowing five or six goals past the opposition netminder, that's hardly a so-called goalie win. The four assists Monday night are the only points the trio has delivered in four losses. "So we'll have that conversation tomorrow", said Cassidy. "We won battles on the boards, we got pucks out when we needed to and we got pucks in when we needed to".

Over Tampa Bay's last ten games, nine of them have been decided by two or more goals (the team is 7-2 in those games).

"You want to sweep every series, obviously".

"I've been in that situation before, it's a hostile environment", defenseman Victor Hedman said Tuesday.

"We're down to the last eight teams in the league".

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