Game Day Thread – Playoff Round 2 Game 5: Bruins “@” Bolts

Bolts vs Bears

The Bruins are in trouble against the Tampa Bay Lightning in round 2. of the NHL’s Eastern conference playoffs. They are at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, and the game is on. Lets do that hockey!

It’s playoff round 2.

The Bruins got back to their old selves through the first round playoff series vs the Carolina Hurricanes. They didn’t always look dominant, but they did take care of business in 5 games.
Notable events included a 3-game absence by an injured David Pastrnak, some appearances by prospects Jack Studnicka, Jeremy Lauzon, Connor Clifton and Karson Kuhlman, and the playoff exit of Vezina-nominee Tuukka Rask. Rask opted out of the playoff bubble, citing a family emergency after two games. The Bruins have since relied on Jaro Halak in net with backup netminder Dan Vladar warming the bench.

Game 1 vs the Lightning looked good for the Bruins – they started out strong, scored first, survived the 2nd period pushback, scored on the power play, went up 3-0 and survived a late rally for a 3-2 victory.

Game 2 was less impressive. They got on the board early with Nick Ritchie jamming the goal, and Vasilevskiy losing track of the puck, but would soon give back the lead – or would they? The Bolts botched handling the Bruins clearing the puck out of their zone, with the would be goal scorer re-entering the Bruins zone before one of his teammates exited. The Bruins challenged the goal for offside and the goal was erased.
However, the lead *still* would not last as a stumbling shot from a prone Blake Coleman leaked past Jaro Halak.
The Bruins had a lot of issues maintaining control of the puck in the neutral zone, and Halak was peppered with shots. However, the power play worked for them, with Pasta & Marchand combining for a PPG to retake the lead. Nikita Kucherov would tie it up less than a minute later.
Then halfway through the 3rd period, Blake Coleman would strike again off a stretch pass from Victor Hedman, taking the lead for Tampa. Things looked tough for the Bruins, but Brad Marchand would not be denied, scoring the tying goal off a feed from Sean Kuraly.
However, Tampa is undefeated in OT during this postseason, and that trend continued with the Lightning dominating puck possession for over 4 minutes, until Ondrej Palat scored the game winner, defeating the Bruins 4-3.

Game 3 was… embarrassing.

They initially kept Tampa’s shot count down, but that did not keep their opponents off the scoreboard with Tampa going up 4-1 with 3 power play goals and the Bruins were not generating many shots on net. At this point, the Bruins pulled goaltender Jaro Halak, inserting Dan Vladar in net. However, after making some nice stops, Vladar got torn up by the Lightning with the Bruins losing 7-1. Highlights include a lineup that made little sense, a linesman running a pick play on Lauzon, giving Tampa an unchallenged shot on goal, and conversely, Torey Krug getting ejected for shooting a puck at a linesman.

Game 4 was not good enough. The Bruins had moments of clarity, but Tampa was the better team for most of the game and it showed on the scoreboard.

The Bruins trail in the series 1-3. That makes tonight’s game a potential elimination match.

I’m not confident that the Bruins have the heart to make a 3 game comeback, but we won’t know until they try.


What will be the lines today?

In games 3 & 4, the Bruins were unable to put Sean Kuraly on the ice, as he was “unfit to play”, putting Par Lindholm into the lineup. Anders Bjork had been scratched for Karson Kuhlman.

Now we’re hearing that Chris Wagner is going to miss tonight’s game, and Nick Ritchie is expected to be scratched. The next men up are Bjork/Kuhlman & Jack Studnicka.

I for one am supportive of pulling Nick Ritchie for a smarter faster player but crestfallen at the prospect of missing Wags & Kuraly.

Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

#28 Ondřej Kaše

Ondřej Kaše

Anders Bjork

Anders Bjork

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

#68 Jack Studnicka

Jack Studnicka

#20 Joakim Nordstrom

Joakim Nordstrom

#26 Par Lindholm

Par Lindholm

#83 Karson Kuhlman

Karson Kuhlman

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

#75 Connor Clifton

Connor Clifton

Bruins Goaltending
#41 Jaroslav Halak (#80 Dan Vladar)


The Lightning appear to have found their stride with the Point-Kucherov line being pretty effective in Game 2, and the previously moribund powerplay catching fire in Game 3 as the Bolts went to a 11-forwards and 7-D configuration.

Steven Stamkos has missed the playoffs with a lower body injury. Ryan McDonaugh left late in game 1 and missed games 2 & 3 with Braydon Coburn and Luke Schenn both taking his place. What they’ve done has worked for them so I think we’ll see the same lineup yet again.

Tampa Bay Lineup:

Given the above, I am assuming the same lineup from Game 2 will appear in Game 4. (h/t NESN)

Forward Lines
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#18 Ondrej Palat — #21 Brayden Point — #86 Nikita Kucherov
#17 Alex Killorn — #71 Anthony Cirelli — #9 Tyler Johnson
#19 Barclay Goodrow — #37 Yanni Gourde — #20 Blake Coleman
#14 Patrick Maroon — #13 Cedric Paquette

Defense
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#77 Victor Hedman — #22 Kevin Shattenkirk
#55 Braydon Coburn — #24 Zach Bogosian
#98 Mikhail Sergachev — #81 Erik Cernak
#2 Luke Schenn

Goaltending
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#88 Andrei Vasilevskiy
(#35 Curtis McElhinney)


Officiating:
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Today’s Referees: #19 Gord Dwyer, #15 Jean Hebert
Today’s Linesmen: #76 Michel Cormier, #75 Derek Amell
H/t Scouting the Refs.

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Aaaaand good night.

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Ha, ha, ha, ha stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive.

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There’s something wrong with Bergy’s shoulder

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Doc Enrich pulling Max McNabb out of his ass now. Just shut the fuck up.

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Uh oh

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I’m picking March And for the O/T goal

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Wow! Go Bruins!!