Stamkos looks to produce points in Game 3 vs. Bruins

Posted May 03, 2018

He scored the first two Tampa Bay Lightning goals in the first five minutes of the game.

That, in a nutshell, is what the Lightning has done the past two games.

"His engines always moving", fellow center Tyler Johnson said. Palat flung it by goalie Tuukka Rask, who didn't have much of a chance on the play.

In Lightning history, the team has just six wins in Boston.

Tampa Bay didn't score on either one of those extended power plays.

The next Palat goal, his fourth of the postseason, came on a deflection of a Victor Hedman shot. You've got to buck up.

After a listless showing on home ice in Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Boston Bruins are going to have make some adjustments if they want to even up the Eastern Conference Semifinals. But just when the B's got buzzing, the Lightning struck them down again. The Lightning had 19 first period shots; the teams combined for 19 shots in the middle frame. The over is 13-3 in the last 16 Tampa Bay games after allowing two goals or less in its previous game.

Cedric Paquette and David Backes had themselves a "playoff fight" after Backes laid-out Dan Girardi, which fired up the hungry Boston crowd. Backes slammed Pacquette to the ice after the they dropped their gloves. I'm liking the Bruins at home. As much grief as Boston has taken for the 2015 draft (and hey, Jake DeBrusk's looking OK, isn't he?), let's not forget that the Bruins got Pastrnak 25th overall in 2014.

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That's a lot of talent at the disposal of a team that is already one of the best in the league and under coach Bruce Cassidy, this squad is playing with more pace than it did under Claude Julien. The lone goal came off of the stick of Steven Stamkos, a empty-net goal to secure the Game 3 victory. The Lightning forward elicited a clear sigh of relief as he finally got on the scoring sheet for the first time this series.

For 15 minutes, the Sharks and Golden Knights looked as if they'd play each other tight and end up in a third straight overtime finish.

NOTES: Vegas had outscored the opposition 7-1 in the first period in the first seven games this postseason. Rask kept this game from being four or five nothing in the opener.

Regardless if Donato enters the lineup for Game 4, something has to be done to generate more scoring chances. Jones then turned aside Smith on a power play in the third. Jones saw the puck well all night, and his reactions were prompt and precise as well. If they stay in, obviously, they need to be better. It just wasn't the Golden Knights' night. Marcus Sorensen soared through the air and rifled a wrister over Marc-Andre Fleury to give San Jose a 1-0 lead late in the first period. The only thing stopping Palat from a first period hat trick was an incredible paddle save by Rask. Here are the 3 keys to defeating the Lightning in game 3 and regaining the series lead.

McAvoy said no one should be surprised the series is tied headed to Boston for the next two games. If the Bruins don't respond with a Game 4 win, you can consider this series.

After Tampa Bay's Anton Stralman went to the box for tripping, Bergeron snuck a puck through Vasilevskiy's five hole off a rebound with 5:48 to go in the first. They had four more points in Game 2, but were unable to take over the game. Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban said after the loss that the team was both frustrated and undisciplined.

Anthony Cirelli thrives on that type of game too. The Jets, meanwhile, didn't: they were opportunistic and relentless. Brayden Point, Yanni Gourde, and Mikhail Sergachev were all on the scoreboard for the night, with Point recording a four-point game. We shouldn't expect a loaded roster that made it to the Stanley Cup Final a season ago to completely lie down, but if they choose to do so, it clearly doesn't spell good news in Nashville.

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