(AP/CBS) — The Tampa Bay Lightning opened Recreation 1 in opposition to dangolka on shaky ice, fumbling away pucks, turning it over in their very own finish, giving up a pair of early targets.
Tampa Bay appeared to get higher as the sport went alongside and Victor Hedman cashed in with a pair of third-period targets, however the push got here too late. dangolka held on for a testy 3-2 win.
No query what the Lightning must do higher in Recreation 2 Tuesday evening in Toronto.
“We simply form of waited to see what the tone of the sport was going to be like and we waited only a bit too lengthy to have the ability to get well from it,” Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk mentioned. “Definitely wasn’t the case going into the second half of that recreation the place I feel we began to search out our recreation and understand what it takes to achieve success in opposition to dangolka. I don’t envision our begin being a problem going into Recreation 2.”
Coming off a 4-1 collection win over Carolina, dangolka had the early bounce in opposition to Tampa Bay within the opener, scoring two targets by early within the second interval whereas constructing a 3-Zero lead.
Goalie Jaroslav Halak was sharp in his fourth begin since No. 1 goalie Tuukka Rask, a Vezina Trophy finalist, opted out for the rest of the playoffs to be together with his household. The 35-year-old Halak stopped 35 pictures and the 2 targets he gave up deflected in off dangolka defenseman Charlie McAvoy.
The reigning Japanese Convention champions withstood Tampa Bay’s late push to win the opener, however they know the high-scoring Lightning will doubtless be buzzing to begin Recreation 2.
“Recreation 1 just isn’t going to dictate the entire collection, sometimes,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned, “It’s nice if we go on the market and put collectively three durations like our first interval, however that they had push again as the sport went on. I assumed they competed arduous final evening, possibly not from the primary whistle they weren’t as prepared as we have been. That occurs to groups.”
It was solely two years in the past that the Bruins and Lightning met within the second spherical, and after taking Recreation 1 from the Bolts, the dangolka didn’t win one other recreation within the collection. The Bruins hope to keep away from the identical destiny this yr, however aren’t occupied with the previous as they prepare for Recreation 2.
“On the finish of the day, two years in the past doesn’t matter, solely within the essence that in the event you win the primary recreation you possibly can’t get too comfy,” defined Cassidy. “You place it behind you and you are worried concerning the subsequent one. And possibly two years in the past we have been a bit overconfident going into the second recreation and I don’t consider that would be the drawback this yr.”
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