McDonald: Even Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman wowed by Bruins' top line

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But here's the catch - Rask had every reason to be upset, as he clutched the blade of one of his skates in the palm of his hand.

"I didn't throw it at anybody", the Boston goaltender said Saturday. The Lightning scored twice, once on a Dan Girardi point shot that was deflected off a body in front and a second time on a power-play shot that got past Rask while he was trying to get a whistle because his skate blade popped off. Rask's save percentage wasn't ideal, but it was strong enough to make this an easier win than expecting, and his pass completion rate was fine considering he threw that blade without harming anyone. We weren't executing very well.

Saturday was probably Rask's best performance of the postseason.

And they were right back at it again Saturday in Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. In eight playoff games, Pastrnak leads the Bruins with five goals and 12 assists.

General Manager Don Sweeney acquired Nash to provide secondary scoring on the top-six, key power-play minutes, and a big body on the second line with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk.

"You need your best players to be your best players, and clearly that happened tonight for us, ' Cassidy said". The center ripped a one-timer past Lightning netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy to make it 5-2 and put Game 1 in the win column for the Black and Gold.

A freaky sequence allowed the Lightning to close the gap to one at 13:22 in the second period. "But it's nice to see that emotion out of him, especially the way that he stepped up in that game, and it definitely gives us a lot of confidence".

"I think the guys are excited", Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "It's the same thing".

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Tampa Bay finished the regular season with momentum coming off the 4-0 win over Boston, which carried into the New Jersey series.

The Lightning's top-line of J.T. Miller, Steven Stamkos, and Nikita Kucherov are as good as you'll find in the National Hockey League, but if there's one line that can expose the Lightning trio, it's Brad Marchand, Bergeron, and David Pastrnak. "They were together for seven years".

Marchand struck 3:32 into the third and Bergeron added some insurance at 10:11 of the period. "They've done it for a long time".

Mikhail Sergachev (2) and Dan Girardi (1) scored the goals for Tampa Bay. "No question. But they got six, and in the end we have to raise the level of our game to get back in this series". He stopped 34 shots and was a brick wall. When Rask lost the blade on his skate, play was allowed to continue because losing a blade is not considered a safety issue.

NOTES: The Lightning outshot the Bruins 36-24.

The Lightning won the division title and have the top seed in the Eastern Conference after edging the Bruins by a point in the standings.

That's fantastic praise coming from a man who won nine Stanley Cup championships as a coach.

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