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Lightning strike quickly, beat Bruins

Lightning strike quickly, beat Bruins

Lightning strike quickly, beat Bruins

The Boston Bruins rookie has been watching games from the 9th floor. Even with the game at zero, the Lightning appeared to be in command. Only 1:47 into the game, Ondrej Palat scored for the Lightning, showing the team's dominance. In the end, the Lightning had 42 hits and 57% faceoff win.

Tampa Bay came out of the gate ready to play and Boston looked to be on their heels.

Palat soon doubled the lead when he swooped in front of the net and deflected Victor Hedman's blue-line shot past Rask. That matters, but if you're not bringing that and, we've talked about this, if you don't have your A game, you have to bring your B game.

Hertl helped give Jones a cushion with his goal early in the second.

The Bruins were left searching for the energy in the building that had dissipated since Rancourt ran off the ice.

While their top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak is one of the best in the National Hockey League, the other three lines aren't living up to their end of the bargain.

The pace slowed in the second period for both teams.

The Bruins allowed 19 shots in the first 20 minutes, their loosest period of the postseason.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning may be beatable for the Bruins. You could see it in Paquette's willingness to drop the gloves with David Backes after he laid out Dan Girardi with a hit on the numbers. It didn't go as planned. That was about all the Bruins gave their home crowd to cheer about. Finishing with the top marks in the 16-club alignment, the heavyweights are contesting a compelling second-round playoff series, and, thanks to last night's 4-2 triumph by the Lightning that knotted the duel at a game apiece, Bolts fans will have at least one more chance to catch action at Amalie Arena, where their overseers are implementing an apparel policy that has the visitors' supporters and play-by-play announcer feeling like bears poked when sleeping. Tampa sat on its two-goal lead, and Boston didn't do too much to challenge it.

Where things take an interesting turn is when Bruins defenseman Torey Krug was whistled for two minutes for Tripping against Anthony Cirelli.

Since the start of the playoffs, the chorus of pleas for Coach Bruce Cassidy to insert rookie Ryan Donato into the Boston Bruins' lineup have seemed a little unrealistic.

The second line of Jake DeBrusk, David Krejci and Rick Nash has had chances, and they converted in the Game 1 win with two goals from Nash and an empty-netter from DeBrusk.

But the San Jose goalie also delivered some big-time saves, including back-to-back stops against William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault on a Vegas power play in the final minute of the second. After a rough afternoon of doing so in Game 1, it's been mission accomplished in Game 2 and now in Game 3.

Marcus Sorensen got it started with a dandy.

Few pucks on net is becoming a common occurrence for the group.

BLACK EYE: It's a tough break for the kid, to be sure, but it was a pretty bad play by Matt Grzelcyk to open up a big game for the Bruins. Sorensen struck first, using a pick from linemate Eric Fehr to get loose from the corner and then skate around two defenceman to beat Fleury with his fourth goal of the playoffs. The Vegas Golden Knights host the San Jose Sharks in Friday's late game. It just wasn't the Golden Knights' night. Coming into Wednesday night's game, the captain hadn't scored a single goal in four games and hadn't picked up so much as an assist in the last two.

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