Playoff Game Day Thread: RD2,GM5 Bruins @ Lightning

Bolts vs Bears

More playoff action tonight. The Bruins are in Tampa for game #5 of their 2nd round playoff series. Their backs are up against the wall, as the Bolts lead the series 3-1.

Last game the Bruins were the better team for most of the game, coming out to a one-goal lead in the 3rd period before a brief (un-called) Kucherov hold on Charlie McAvoy led to him falling and delivering the puck to Steven Stamkos in scoring position. They would lose in OT. The Bruins had performed their new trick of spotting the opposing team two goals in the first, but subsequently managed to pull their heads out of their asses with a power play goal by David Pastrnak. They kept the puck in black & gold hands for roughly all of the 2nd period, only the first special teams units have been scoring for Boston, including the short-handed goal from Bergeron & Marchand that gave them the lead in the 3rd.

Speaking of Marchand, it seems that he’s gotten the attention of the league:


Apparently Marchy has finally run afoul of the rule against licking other players.

Oh, there isn’t one? Well it must be the rule against being icky.
Nope. Not one of those.
It must be the “Super secret double probationary rule against doing something harmless that makes Canada whine like a bunch of children.”
(a.k.a. the secret Sean Avery rule)
Ok, ya babies, go clutch those pearls.
If I had some pearls on I'd be clutching them
Anyway the Bruins appear to be ready to call off Brad’s tongue:

Another occurrence of note was a referee taking a spill en-route to the goal-line and spinning comically into the boards. It was less comical when he was unable to return to the ice for the OT period due to injury. It sounds like that injury was actually pretty serious.

Torey Krug was also injured in the 3rd period in game #4 with a nasty slide into the kickplate, and anyone with a brain assumes he has a broken ankle or foot.


Yeah, I’m shocked. This is a big deal though, since Krug is a huge weapon on the Bruins #1 power play unit and has been a point-per-game player in this postseason. Given the Bruins apparent inability to score on Tampa in 5-on-5 play, this may be the critical blow that ends the Bruins playoff run this afternoon.

Come on Bruins, shoot, score win.

Let’s do some lines.

Brian Gionta and Ryan Donato were in the lineup last game in place of Riley Nash and Danton Heinen.
AHLers Postma, Breen & Czarnik have supposedly been called up, but it is Nick Holden who is the obvious choice to fill Torey Krug’s shoes. (They are something like a mens size 6 and the left one may still have a foot in it, so shake them out before putting ’em on)

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

Nick Holden

Nick Holden

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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Tampa definitely winning the beard game…

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Happy Sunday folks! I’ve got sunburn. Hope the Bruins are on fire too!