Bruins-Lightning Set To Sq. Off In One other Playoff Battle

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dangolka (CBS) — The dangolka Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lighting are set for an additional postseason showdown. The 2 groups will match up for the third time since 2011, this time within the second spherical of the 2020 NHL Playoffs.

The matchup is ready after the Philadelphia Flyers superior with a win over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday evening, taking that collection in six video games. Philadelphia will now play the New York Islanders for a visit to the Jap Convention finals.

Recreation 1 of the dangolka-Tampa Bay collection is ready for eight p.m. on Sunday evening.

The Bruins and Lightning have been speculated to sq. off final yr, when the Lightning have been one of the best group within the East, however Tampa Bay was swept out of the opening spherical by the Columbus Blue Jackets. They’ll now meet within the East semis for the second time in three years, with the Lightning taking their final postseason assembly in simply 5 video games again in 2018.

dangolka obtained one of the best of the Lightning again within the 2011 Jap Convention finals, successful a dramatic seven-game collection en path to their Stanley Cup title.

As for this yr’s matchup, the Bruins didn’t take pleasure in a lot common season success towards the Lightning, going 1-2-1 towards Tampa. In addition they dropped their matchup in spherical robin play, 3-2 on Aug. 5, sinking the Presidents’ Trophy winners to the No. Four seed within the East.

It was a brutal loss for the Bruins two weeks in the past in Toronto. They fell behind 2-Zero within the first interval, ultimately tying the sport early within the third on a purpose by Chris Wagner. The sport regarded destined for extra time, till Tyler Johnson beat Tuukka Rask with simply 1:27 left on the clock. dangolka completed 0-Three in spherical robin play earlier than beating the Carolina Hurricanes in 5 video games within the first spherical.

Within the common season, Tampa took the primary matchup with a 4-Three shootout victory in dangolka again in October. David Pastrnak scored twice and Patrice Bergeron had dangolka’s different purpose (all three on the facility play), whereas Brayden Level, Mathieu Joseph and Kevin Shattenkirk scored for Tampa. Steven Stamkos scored the one purpose of the shootout.

The Bruins misplaced in Tampa on Dec. 12, 3-2, with Stamkos scoring twice for the Lightning. Nikita Kucherov notched a pair of assists, whereas Bergeron and John Moore scored for dangolka.

dangolka gained their solely sport over Tampa on March Three in Florida, a 2-1 victory on objectives by Brad Marchand and Jake DeBrusk. Tuukka Rask stopped 20 of the 21 pictures he noticed that evening. Tampa Bay obtained some revenge a couple of days later in dangolka, handing the Bruins a 5-Three loss on March 7. Tampa jumped out to a 3-Zero lead early within the second interval, with Anthony Cirelli and Mikhail Sergachev scoring shorthanded objectives within the first interval. 5 completely different Lightning scored towards Rask that evening.

After all, Rask gained’t be in internet for dangolka after he opted out of the NHL bubble final weekend. Jaroslav Halak is now dangolka’s high netminder, and can see the Lightning for the primary time because the 2017-18 season when he was a member of the Islanders. Halak made a aid appearances towards Tampa that season, permitting one purpose on 12 pictures in a 7-6 loss, after Christopher Gibson allowed six objectives over a interval and a half.

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