Bruins' Krug out for series vs. Lightning with ankle injury
- Author: Julie Sanders May 07, 2018,
May 07, 2018, 8:26
I mean it took five games and we had a lot of power plays. He did the same thing in the Toronto series.
The Bruins had the two best chances early, but they were shots from the blueline easily saved by Vasilevskiy. If the B's want to win another game in the series, they need to start out strong and score first. They'll move on to face the victor of the Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins series.
The Lightning are the eighth team in the past 20 years to clinch a berth in the Conference Final three times in a four-season span.
But did they really need another team to help them with their cause? You get the break here and there, however it is, you get the big save and the other team doesn't. "They did a good job of not allowing us to get inside". "That was a nail-biter right down to the very end". The penalty kill had been a Lightning problem all season.
It made a conscious effort not to turn the puck over. At times it appeared as though the Bruins were content to dare players like Point to beat them, focusing instead on keeping tabs on Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov.
BY THE NUMBERS: 3 - the number of consecutive games in the series vs. Tampa where the Bruins have given up the first goal and dug themselves a hole that takes some time to get out of. He scored on a backhander to give the Lightning a 1-all tie - not the magic of Game 4 in Boston, but it would do. It ended up finishing third overall - four points back of Nashville - because of a mediocre 6-6-1 finish. He racked up two assists in the Game 4 4-3 loss in overtime. To get inside you really had to work.
Cooper pointed to his team's ability to not turn the puck over. You can just feel the calming influence we have in this room with the leaders we have on this team. "You are going to win in different ways in the playoffs and today was one of those days".
David Krejci (3) had a goal for Boston. "That's what good teams do at this time of the year".
The Lightning erased Boston's one-goal first-period lead with a pair of second-period tallies, ultimately sealing the deal late in the third with an empty-netter. Perhaps the Bruins GM will add a little extra scoring depth on the second or third line.
Game five is set for Sunday, May 6 in Tampa Bay. Boston lost four straight games once during the regular season (Nov. 8-15). The Bruins defense has made some key turnovers as they let the lead slip away at home. "I get enjoying arduous in a sequence and there may be some dislike between guys, however there is a sure line that should not be crossed and that is one in all them".
The reward? The Lightning keeps playing.