Lightning Thwart Bruins Stars and Even the Series
Brayden Point had an empty-net goal and three assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning found a way to slow Boston’s high-scoring line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand and beat the Bruins, 4-2, in Game 2 of their second-round Eastern Conference playoff series on Monday night.
The victory evened the matchup between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference at a game apiece. Game 3 is scheduled for Wednesday night in Boston.
Point assisted on Tampa Bay’s first three goals before sealing the win with his empty-netter with 25.2 seconds left.
Yanni Gourde, Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat also scored for the Lightning, who rebounded from a 6-2 loss in Game 1.
Nash had two goals and Bergeron, Pastrnak and Marchand combined for 10 points on Saturday, helping the Bruins pull away for a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.
Bergeron also scored twice, Marchand had a goal and two assists, and Pastrnak finished with four assists in a dominating performance.
Tuukka Rask stopped 34 shots for the Bruins, who finished one point behind Tampa Bay for the Atlantic Division title, as well as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Bergeron, Pastrnak and Marchand combined for three goals and 11 points in the opener. They had four more points in Game 2 but were unable to take over the game.
Charlie McAvoy scored for the Bruins late in the first period. Torey Krug’s late goal trimmed Tampa Bay’s lead to 3-2 with just over four minutes remaining.
Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 18 shots. Tuukka Rask finished with 27 saves for Boston.
The Lightning had nearly twice as many scoring opportunities as the Bruins in the series opener and controlled play early on Monday, getting off the first 10 shots of the game and taking a 1-0 lead on Gourde’s power-play goal at 11 minutes 47 seconds of the first period.
With the exception of failing to taking advantage of a long five-on-three power play, the Bruins made the most of limited chances, with the Bergeron line leading the way.
McAvoy’s goal, with Bergeron and Marchand assisting, made it 1-1. Pastrnak and Marchand set up Krug’s goal, keeping the Bruins close.
The Bergeron line has 12 goals and 41 points in Boston’s five playoff victories. The four assists Monday night are the only points the trio has delivered in four losses.