After both the Bruins and Lightning sent out their fourth lines to set a physical tone the hitting began. As the big hits picked up so did the shots and scoring chances. Although the Lighting had 10 shots during the first period the Bruins controlled the play. Boston had 15 shots and many of them turned into fantastic scoring chances.
With 11:14 remaining the period, David Pastrnak received a pass from Brad Marchand right after a face-off. Pastrnak shot the puck at the net but missed his target. He hit right off the goal post but it did not go in for a goal.
The Power play did not have the result the Bruins wanted but with 1:08 left in the period, the Bruins got the desired go-ahead goal. Brad Marchand carried the puck into the zone and spun away from the Tampa Bay defenseman, Eric Cernak. Marchand sent a crafty pass over to Brendan Carlo. Carlo collected the puck and took a slap shot that was going well wide of the net until Charlie Coyle tipped over Andrei Vasilevskiy’s shoulder and into the net. The amazing redirect gave the Bruins a lead and momentum that they carried into the second period.
Shortly after the second period began, Victor Hedman took a tripping penalty to put Boston on the powerplay. The Bruins moved the puck around the Lightning defensive zone and they eventually found an open David Pastrnak in the slot for one-timer that beat Andrei Vasilevskiy. The goal was scored 4:23 into the period and this goal gave the Bruins an insurance marker.
As the game passed the midway point of the period and the contest the Bruins had another excellent chance. Boston entered the zone with three players and Tampa Bay only had one defender back. Charlie Mcavoy received a pass from one a teammate and fired the puck on net. Andrei Vasilevskiy showed off this athleticism but making an acrobatic save to keep the score at 2-0.
Although, the Bruins had the best scoring chances of the period Tampa Bay actually outshot them. Tampa Bay shot 18 pucks at Jaroslav Halak during the second period and he stopped all of them. Meanwhile, the Bruins were only able to get 7 shots on net but they did capitalize on their limited chances to get another goal.
The Bruins started off the third period with a bang. Brad Marchand raced down the ice against Eric Cernak. Marchand won the race to the puck but Lightning defenseman, Ryan McDonagh stole the puck from Marchand’s stick. As Mcdonagh started to skate up the ice with the puck, four-time Selke trophy award winner Patrice Bergeron lifted his stick and was able to gain possession of the puck. Bergeron sent a backhand pass to David Pastrnak in front of the net. Instead of shooting the puck Pastrnak gave it up to Marchand who was able to bury it into the back of the net for 3-0 lead.
After the Bruins third goal, the Lighting were finally able to crack Jaroslav Halak. Victor Hedman stepped up in the offensive zone as he collected a loose puck and rifled it toward the net. On the way to the net, the puck deflect off of Boston’s Charlie Mcavoy. The deflection off of Mcavoy’s shinguard was enough to make Halak miss the puck and get Tampa Bay on the board.
The Lighting got another lucky bounce in the final minutes as Victor Hedman was able to score again. Hedman gathered the puck at the blue line and fired a shot into the net. On the way to the net, the puck hit Charlie McCavoys shin guard and took an unfortunate bounce for the Bruins.
Although Tampa Bay started to capitalize on their chances in the third period it was not enough to beat the Bruins. The Lightning got more shots than Boston but Jaroslav Halak was almost perfect and was not going to lose this game.
The Bruins were able to hold on to their lead for a game one victory. Boston will look to carry this momentum into the second game. For the Lightning they have figure out a way to solve Jaroslav Halak that doesn’t involve lucky bounces. Look for the Lighting to start game 2 with heavy hits and lots of shots.
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