Playoff Game Day Thread: RD2,GM4 Lightning @ Bruins

Bolts vs Bears

More playoff action tonight. The Tampa Bay Lightning will return to the TD Garden to play the Bruins in game #4 of their 2nd round playoff series. The Bolts lead the series 2-1. The other 3 series are all currently tied at 2-2, hopefully the Bruins can do the same for this series.

It’s the 4th of May, and this is game #4 of the series so I feel it must be said…
May the Fourth be with you!
And may the fORRth be with the Bruins. The meme IS in black & gold, right? But more importantly, the Bruins let the Bolts steal a game in their own barn – the B’s need to win this one and win it big.

The Bruins have shown less fire in this series than in the previous one, and it isn’t clear why. One troubling factor has been the shot differential – where they dropped from 40 shots per game to 25.


Tampa has been running above 30 shots per game.
Tampa has also been more effective at owning the space in front of the net in both zones. While the Bruins have muffled the Miller-Stamkos-Kucherov line, only the Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak line has been effective for Boston.

Screw the Bolts!

Let’s do some lines.

Tommy Wingels appeared in the lineup in place of Tim Schaller during game 3 – it was not enough to give them a spark. The flavor of the day today seems to be Ryan Donato. Marchand and DeBrusk were game time decisions, but both were in warmups. Not in warmups: Wingels, Riley Nash

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

Rick Nash

Rick Nash

Ryan Donato

Sean Kuraly

Brian Gionta

Brian Gionta

Tim Schaller

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

David Backes

David Backes

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid

Bruins Goaltending
Tuukka Rask (Anton Khudobin)

Lightning lineup:
Cory Conacher, Jake Dotchin, and Adam Erne have not gotten a lot of ice time lately.
I was fooled by Yanni Gourde not participating in morning skate Wednesday – it was due to his wife giving birth to their child. He played and was effective enough. Everyone is expected to play tonight. (h/t @CaleyChelios)

Lightning Forwards
J.T. Miller — Steven Stamkos — Nikita Kucherov
Ondrej Palat — Brayden Point — Tyler Johnson
Alex Killorn — Anthony Cirelli — Yanni Gourde
Chris Kunitz — Cedric Paquette — Ryan Callahan
(Cory Conacher)

Lightning Defense
Victor Hedman — Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh — Anton Stralman
Brayden Coburn — Mikhail Sergachev

Panthers Goaltending
Andrei Vasilevskiy
(Louis Domingue)

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phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

No holding call there, huh?

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

So it seems Krug is done

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

Nice rush donut!

Thetallest81
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Thetallest81

I’d be much happier if they put the dagger in now.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

Agreed

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

PPPPPPPPPPP

imbiginjapan
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imbiginjapan

Hmmmm, A series of promising events have occurred.

phonymahoney
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phonymahoney

HOLD THE FUCKING LEAD, BOYS!

KEEP TRYING TO SCORE, BRUINS!