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.
But if there was trepidation in the Garden going into the third period - and there was, mostly because of Rask - there was pure delirium when DeBrusk put the Bruins ahead. A second goal by Marchand was eventually waved off due to a cross-checking penalty by Pastrnak. That's Fernando Pisani-esque playoff stuff for the National Hockey League rookie who was born in Edmonton, a seventh-round Western Hockey League bantam draft pick of the Swift Current Broncos but a first-round draft pick of the Bruins in 2015 - a hockey rink-rat who learned the game from dad Louie, who's doing TV colour commentary for the Vegas Golden Knights-San Jose Sharks series on Sportsnet.
A skate save by Rask caused the blade of his skate to fall off.
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Bergeron made it 2-0 when he scored 42 seconds into the second period, but Girardi's goal at 2:31 gave Tampa Bay life. Netminder Tuukka Rask tried to plead to the officials after throwing his skate blade to let everyone know he was having trouble, but Sergachev capitalized.
"There is no rule for referees to stop play for a broken piece of equipment, regardless of whether the equipment belongs to a goaltender or a skater", NHL Public Relations tweeted. Later the rule states "No delay shall be permitted for the fix or adjustment of goalkeeper's equipment".
By then, Rask started his advance, and well, sword fights shouldn't take place on ice.
"I turned the page on the first two games", Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "They were together for seven years".
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Had Rask simply maintained his composure long enough to make a save and cover the puck, none of this is an issue. We have seen this countless time from Anderson with the "did he just save that" saves. "I didn't think it would go in". "I said 'OK, we're on, I'm going as hard as I can to the net'". "It was only a one-goal game going into the third and we shut it down and scored some good goals". But the Lightning have the ability to score their way out of trouble and to put their opponents in a hole.
The Boston Bruins were on fire Saturday afternoon. "But I know the way (Williams) plays". The trio combined for 11 points Saturday and Marchand now has 13 points in eight games this postseason. Marchand has always been a leader for the Bruins, and don't expect that to changed in a heated Atlantic Division faceoff for a birth at the Eastern Conference Finals. David Krejci had three assists, while Kevan Miller added two of his own.
The Bruins survived a scare in the third period as Jake DeBrusk hobbled off the ice and onto the Bruins bench after blocking a shot with his knee.
DeBrusk tacked on an empty-net goal with 6:19 remaining. Now the Bruins hope that he wakes up tomorrow and has no ill-effects. You got to see it as a really good challenge. It has the ability to mesmerize with its puck possession, which nearly always comes right off the draw. "Guys have been in this position before", center Tyler Johnson said. Kucherov is fifth in playoff scoring but bear in mind that he's played two games less than those above him (Guentzel, Crosby, Pastrnak and Ovechkin).
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