"They've been real greasy, as advertised".
Down 3-2 following a wild first period where they led twice, the Leafs tied things at 2:07 of the second when Dermott ripped a shot past Rask for the rookie's first playoff goal. The two clubs hooked up in a seven-game series in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals. Rask said one of the refs told him if he had seen the skate blade had come off, he would have blown it dead. 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 flawless, 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.
For now, everyone can calm down. He now has five goals and four assists in nine career playoff games against the Lightning. They were deadly in the faceoff circle against the Devils, which realistically probably isn't going to be the case against the Bruins. Fans of all 16 teams - yes, even the Canada-based Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs - had plenty to share about the games, though some had stronger reactions than others.
The Bruins out-shot the Lightning in the first period, but Tampa Bay had the better scoring chances. Marleau is 38; DeBrusk is 21. He's seemingly always on the ice - having played almost 27 minutes a night during Tampa Bay's 5-game victory over New Jersey in the opening round - and has an impressive wingspan with his stick, allowing him to knock away pucks and keep unwilling visitors from getting near his net. You got to see it as a really good challenge.
The Bruins' competitive advantage is that even though they faced the Lightning in three high-stakes meetings from March 17-April 3, the Lightning rarely saw the real Bruins.
That cut the B's lead to 3-2, and Rask had been trying to get an official's attention for seconds that felt like minutes.
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The Lightning are a tiny bit better in scoring, leading the league with 3.5 goals per game, and barely better on the power play, converting 23.9 percent of their opportunities. David Pastrnak rifled a shot from the blueline and Nash was able to deflect the puck into the net. That was raw talent.
"Jake had a real coming-out party in the series", Cassidy said. "Those weren't freebies. real greasy".
"I think he is just playing what is in front of him and when it is time to shoot he'll shoot". He made some big saves and gave the Bruins the ability to add to their lead with his key saves.
Everyone's going out of their minds about Rask. Then proceeds a game of back and forth on who is going to score next.
Yikes, it's getting hot in here, eh? Just take a look at what a confident Frederik Andersen achieved against the Bruins. They've had games where they fired a combined 18 shots on goal, missed a combined nine shots, and had 10 of their attempts blocked. You want your goalie to be at his best, that's stating the obvious. And given the excitement that the postseason usually creates for fans, we wanted to investigate the individual games, teams and players that were driving the conversation around the National Hockey League on social media so far. They didn't pass the Bruins that night, but put themselves in position to do so over the final days of the season. Maybe Lou Merloni and Jack Edwards can go out and have a couple of pops.
A confident Tampa Bay Lightning outfit that comfortably set aside the resurgent New Jersey Devils in round one.
Let the gnashing of teeth continue.