Despite falling behind 3-0 after 20 minutes in Game 3, the Winnipeg Jets used the passion of their Whiteout and the slick skill of the very underrated Dustin Byfuglien to stage a comeback that led to a 7-4 win and a 2-1 series lead.
"You're getting to the point now where you need to win", said coach Bruce Cassidy, whose team has dropped two in a row since he warned after a 6-2, Game 1 win at Tampa that some areas of its game had to improve. "It's unacceptable for me". It's a tough thing to do. "We've got to be better Wednesday".
The Bruins actually haven't been all that proficient when they have had the puck, either: Through two games, they've attempted 75 shots, only 44 of which have reached Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.
"I've been in that situation before, it's a hostile environment", defenseman Victor Hedman said Tuesday. They're two of the best offensive teams in the league, but they aren't deficient at the other end. Further, Tampa Bay has similarly out-shot, out-attempted and out-chanced Boston at all strengths, and the 31 scoring chances per 60 minutes the Lightning have generated when including power play and shorthanded opportunities is the third-best rate of all teams in the second round. Although the 22-year-old had five goals and four assists in his 12 regular-season outings, Cassidy has elected to keep him on the bench for the large majority of the Bruins' playoff run. The Bruins played their softest period of the series and Tampa took full advantage.
"We'd been chasing the game the whole series", DeBoer said.
"I feel good", Point said of his performance. That was not the case for the Lightning, who consistently won battles with either their speed or their physicality.More news: Britain's immigration regime thrown into disarray with the exit of Amber Rudd
"His attitude - he wants to belong, he wants to be a part of this team", said Cooper. They're just playing responsible. "I think we put one in front of the other, forgot to play a little bit".
Tuuka Rask made 33 saves on 36 shots.
Vegas outshot San Jose in the third, trying everything to get back in the game. "We just couldn't get over the top". "They've done it for a long time". The officials have definitely missed some calls the last couple of games that have hurt Boston, but they are losing because they've been outplayed for the last two games. A cheap slashing call on Krug in the first period was more mystifying when Marchand walked in on a possible tying breakaway right after Krug's goal and was hacked (an nearly automatic penalty or even penalty shot) with no call. The Bolts opened the scoring on that power-play.
"It is what it is". You've gotta play through that.
It's even easier to get excited when you look at the bodies of work each side produced in Round 1, as the ultra-hyped David Pastrnak-Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand line was an ice-tilting machine in taking down the Toronto Maple Leafs, while Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos combined for 16 points in dispatching the New Jersey Devils in just five games. "But it is what is". I'm not going to tell you who's going in or who's going out, because we've got to get the healthy guys sorted out first and go from there.
Boston skaters have been penalized 3.7 times per game in total this season, 3.6 per game over their last five outings total, and 3.4 per game over their last five home outings. Is there stuff we can build off this game?