Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins
The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning face off in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bruins are -150 favorites over the Lightning with an over/under goal total set at 5.5.
The Tampa Bay Lightning started Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals the same way they finished their previous one. That would be with an impressive victory over another top defensive club in the league. After sweeping the Washington Capitals and having a week off, it seemed like it would be hard or Tampa Bay to come out and hit the ice flying. They did though, and yet again it was the role players on this Lightning squad that made the difference. Every year we see it in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and this year the Lightning are proving it true again. The teams that get contributions from unexpected players are the teams that go the farther in the post season. Sean Bergenheim scored his 8th goal of the playoffs, Teddy Purcell his second, and Brett Clark his first in a three goal first period for Tampa Bay. The Lightning scored five goals against the stingy Bruins defense, and Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, or Steven Stamkos scored not one of them. Tampa Bay is rolling their lines and getting contributions all over the ice. Marc-Andre Bergeron even did what he does best and that’s score on the power play. Dwayne Roloson stopped 31 shots for the victory.
The Boston Bruins just wish they could go back to that 1:25 second stretch in the opening period that allowed the Lightning to take control and decide the outcome of the game. The three goals that the Bruins allowed were all extremely uncharacteristic. First, Boston failed to clear the crease and allowed Bergenheim to score the initial goal. Second, the Bruins allow a no-name player to skate coast to coast through the neutral zone and into their end without anyone stepping up to play him. Finally, the Bruins turn the puck over behind their own net when they’re trying to start up the ice. It was an absolutely disastrous minute and a half for the Bruins, and it ended up costing them Game 1. Expect the Bruins to tighten up and get back to their defensive ways in Game 2.
Aside from that stretch in the first period this was a pretty even game. The Lightning has proven they can win on the road in the playoffs, and a win on Tuesday night would put the Bruins in a vulnerable position. This is as big a must win game early in a series as their could be for Boston. That could work for the Bruins, or against them. I like the Bruins to find a way to get this one even. Take the Bruins -150 today.
Boston Bruins -150 Tampa Bay Lightning