The Tampa Bay Lightning will face the Boston Bruins in the second round of the Eastern Conference.
Boston (0.714 percentage points) and Tampa Bay (0.657) were the top two teams in the Eastern Conference during the regular season.
“A round robin game that could have gone either way I thought, they scored late about two minutes from time and we got back into that game,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. . “Just before the break (caused by the coronavirus) we had two very good games [against Tampa Bay]. We went up there (2-1 win, March 3), they beat us in our apartment building (5-3 loss, March 7), both physical, both started to develop some animosity in these matches. ”
Brayden Point leads the Lightning with 10 points (five goals, five assists) in the playoffs. Nikita Kucherov (two goals, seven assists) has nine points, and Tyler Johnson has three objectives. Andrei Vasilevskiy is 6-2-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.
Video: CBJ @ TBL, Gm5: Point marks the OT winner to complete the series
Tampa Bay played this playoffs without a striker or captain Steven Stamkos (lower body), and it is not known if he will be available for the second round.
David Krejci leads the Bruins with nine points (three goals, six assists), and Brad Marchand has seven points (three goals, four assists) this playoffs. Patrice Bergeron (two goals, four assists) has six points, and Jake DeBrusk has three objectives. Jaroslav Halak is 3-1-0 with a GAA of 2.29 and a save percentage of 0.912. Tuukka Rask was 1-3-0 with a 2.57 GAA and .904 save percentage before retiring before Game 3 against the Hurricanes.
The Lightning won three of four games against the Bruins during the regular season. Point scored four points (two goals, two assists), and Stamkos (two goals, one assist) and Kucherov (one goal, two assists) each had three points in those games. Vasilevskiy was 3-1-0 with an GAA of 2.46 and save percentage of 0.928.
Pastrnak (three goals, two assists) and Marchand (one goal, four assists) led the Bruins with five points each, and Torey krug had four assists against the Lightning. Halak has not played against Tampa Bay this season; Rask has started each of the four games.
Video: CAR @ BOS, Gm1: Marchand, Pastrnak connect for a goal
This will be the third playoff series between the teams. Each team has won once, with the Lightning winning the most recent, in five games in the 2018 Eastern Conference second round.
The best-of-7 series will be played at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, the central city of the Eastern Conference.
This is the fourth time in six seasons that the Lightning has advanced to at least the second round; they were swept away by the Blue Jackets in the first round last season.
The Bruins advanced to the second round for a third straight season. They lost the Stanley Cup Final in seven games to the St. Louis Blues last season.