By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — The dangolka Bruins may have gained Tuesday evening’s Recreation 2 in opposition to the Lightning. They may have.
However ought to they’ve?
The scoreboard might have proven a detailed sport, however this was a sport managed by Tampa, as evidenced by the 86 Lightning shot makes an attempt in comparison with dangolka’s 54.
But even regardless of that discrepancy in puck possession, the Bruins nonetheless may have gained this sport if they’d simply capitalized on certainly one of their quite a few alternatives and performed the defensive sport that they’re able to enjoying.
On the previous level, the Bruins had three Grade-A alternatives within the opening minutes of the second interval, with the sport tied at 1-1. Patrice Bergeron was denied by Andrei Vasilevskiy on a fast shot from the underside of the suitable faceoff circle simply 1:34 into the second:
A top quality look from the Bergeron line: pic.twitter.com/sGM5tBj4at
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) August 26, 2020
David Krejci opted to shoot on a 3-on-2 moments later, lacking the online. Then the most effective likelihood got here when the highest nook of the online was inviting a shot from Chris Wagner, who fired excessive and missed the online solely.
The Bruins clearly can’t be anticipated to complete all of their possibilities, however in a collection this tight, a type of has to search out its well beyond Andrei Vasilevksiy.
These possibilities got here after a possibility for Pastrnak within the first interval, when he had a half-open internet to shoot at however as a substitute fired a shot again towards Vasilevskiy’s physique, hitting the netminder within the head late within the first interval.
Maybe in a sport the place they scored three targets, these missed alternatives wouldn’t stand out a lot if not for the defensive breakdowns that led to 2 Tampa targets.
Definitely, Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo had been under no circumstances ready for Zach Bogosian to bust out this sort of stickwork to arrange Tampa’s first objective:
Unbelievable play from Bogosian and @BColes25! #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/EElZ6b0eYU
— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) August 25, 2020
And Zdeno Chara and Connor Clifton misplaced observe of Blake Coleman, who made his break for a landing go by Victor Hedman:
That’s one stellar go by Victor Hedman to Blake Coleman! @TBLightning take the lead. #NHLonSN pic.twitter.com/aerZQwWcvm
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) August 26, 2020
Bruins followers might have yearned for a cease by Jaroslav Halak on that one, however adjusting to a shot with an altered trajectory on a breakaway shouldn’t be at all times an achievable job. Halak additionally made a variety of stops off redirects that kind of make up for this one, if it may even be thought-about a slip.
After all, some critically clutch play by Brad Marchand, Pastrnak and Sean Kuraly allowed the Bruins to tie the sport late, however as soon as the time beyond regulation interval started, it was all Tampa.
Exterior of a 185-foot Pastrnak shot and a Charlie Coyle rush with Nick Ritchie making an attempt to affix him, the Bruins had no offensive possibilities to talk of. The Lightning went into full-on Lightning mode, an issue for the Bruins that was compounded by dangolka’s lack of ability to clear the puck out of their very own zone.
“Breakout execution,” Bruce Cassidy stated when requested how the time beyond regulation objective got here to be. “, second interval and time beyond regulation line adjustments you’ve received to watch out. So we received by means of that, however we had a puck alone behind the online, you understand we simply rimmed it to no person, in order that must be higher, after which we recovered on the wall and tried to make a play by means of the center and that received picked off, we didn’t get it out. So I simply assume we have to handle the puck higher in these conditions. We didn’t, it has price us at occasions within the playoffs, however you understand it began with the choice to rim the puck when there wasn’t lots of stress. It’d be a pleasant time to place out a fireplace and make a clear play.”
To be clear (and apparent), beating Tampa isn’t simple — even on a group’s finest evening. In a seven-game collection, the Lightning are going to have their moments.
However for this particular evening, the Bruins took a troublesome job and made it much more difficult. And a 1-1 collection tie as a substitute of a 2-Zero lead makes for a reasonably important distinction with an unknown goaltending scenario for a Recreation Three that’s set to start out not even 24 hours later.
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