Lightning strike quickly, beat Bruins 4-1, lead series 2-1

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Game 4 is Friday night at the Garden.

After a listless showing on home ice in Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Boston Bruins are going to have make some adjustments if they want to even up the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

In particular, Cassidy expressed his concern about Boston's third line of Riley Nash, David Backes and Danton Heinen.

"I didn't throw it at anybody", the Boston goaltender said Saturday. Vasilevskiy looked like a Vezina candidate once again tonight. "So we'll have that conversation tomorrow". "I expect it in Game 3 going forward". And some guys have had a tough time. Sharks fans chanted "Fleu-ry, Fleu-ry" to mock the opposing netminder in the final frame, but they should have chanted their own goalie's name in praise-Jones was that good Wednesday night.

Anthony Cirelli scored his first career National Hockey League playoff goal - with an assist from Yanni Gourde, whose wife gave birth on Tuesday - giving Tampa Bay a 3-1 lead late in the first. Cassidy knew Wingels would provide both; he also knew the 30-year-old winger would be ready to play after being scratched from the previous three games. Girardi was crushed later in the game by Rick Nash and David Backes. On the other side, Tampa's top line of Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and J.T. Miller has been held nearly completely in check by Boston.

"It feels good. I thought we played well", Point said after posting just the third four-point game in Tampa Bay's history.

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The Bruins, meanwhile, haven't gotten any production from their bottom six forwards. "You need to bring something else to the table". You've gotta defend better, and that's what my issue was. "That matters, but if you're not bringing that, you don't have your A-game, bring your B-game". I really believe that. "Having been through that before, I think I can draw from experience". "We always talk about the slot battle and I think we lost the slot battle. They've played on Olympic teams, World Cup teams, and every time you look up and Canada is winning, usually Marchand or Bergeron had something to do with it", Cooper added. "I believe that. I think that's where, fundamentally, we're missing out on some of the players we rely on".

And according to Amalie Arena's policy page, an invader into that 10 percent of the 20,500-seat arena is given four options when trying to check into these home-only sections: They're allowed to check their unwelcoming gear at guest services to be picked up later and given an unbranded blue or black shirt to don for the night, they can go back to their hotel, change and return to the arena thanks to a re-entry pass, they can get moved to a comparable seat with no attire restriction (and free of charge), or they can simply get a refund and leave the arena.

"I honestly didn't. We know they can do it".

No wonder Boston coach Bruce Cassidy was left lamenting what he deemed to be a "slow" and "stubborn" performance.

The discussion will invariably lead to Ryan Donato. It wasn't the 7-0 type of blowout that Vegas laid on the Sharks in Game 1, but it was almost as bad-San Jose controlled the game all night. He began the postseason on the bench, was given playing time just once vs. Toronto, and has been a spectator ever since. Winnipeg finished the game with 45 shots on goal and spread the seven scores among five different players.

The Bergeron line has 12 goals and 41 points in Boston's five playoff wins.