Day 17 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs saw plenty of action and drama with Boston out-powering Tampa Bay in Game 1 of their series and the Sharks fighting back after a disappointing loss in Game 1. Plenty of goals were scored with a total of 15 between both games.
Here’s how it went down:
Boston 6-2 Tampa Bay
Boston leads series 1-0
Marchand ➡️ Bergeron ➡️One-Timer ? pic.twitter.com/jHqMB6UZMG
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 28, 2018
Coming into this series the common thought was this would be a powerhouse match-up between two of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. However, much like the Nashville and Winnipeg game the night prior, it was a little one-sided.
Despite outshooting Boston 36-24 the Lightning could not solve the great play of Tuukka Rask who stopped 34 of the shots he faced, including some outstanding saves early in the first period to slow down a heavy Tampa attack.
After Ryan Callahan was called for tripping, Boston capitalized on the powerplay. Rick Nash scored his second playoff goal as a Bruin, off of a beauty back-hand deflection on a David Pastrnak point shot. 1-0 Boston with 2:49 left in the first period.
The Bruins would add to their lead 42 seconds into the second period. Patrice Bergeron rifled one past Andrei Vasilevskiy after being set up from a cross ice pass, again from Pastrnak.
Tampa Bay got back into it two minutes later as former Ranger Dan Giradi blasted a shot from the point through five bodies in front of the net and over Rask’s should, blocker side to cut the lead to 2-1.
Rick Nash would score his second of the game with 7:25 left in the second frame to pull Boston ahead 3-1. David Krejci set Nash up with a nice drop-back pass as the 6’4″ winger roofed one off the crossbar and in, for his third playoff goal as a Bruin.
Tampa Bay would pull back within a goal once again, this time on the powerplay and in bizarre fashion. Mikhail Sergachev would blast a shot from the point past Rask. On the play however, Rask appeared to lose a skate blade and despite him losing his cool and tossing the blade across the ice, the goal was allowed.
Tuukka Rask loses his skate blade and gets scored on. He's not happy about it. pic.twitter.com/xV69eJTwu5
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) April 28, 2018
The goal however, would be the last for the Lightning as Boston scored again three and a half minutes into the third period. Brad Marchand deflected a Charlie McAvoy point shot into the net for a 4-2 Boston lead.
Marchand would then set up Patrice Bergeron with a nice back hand pass into the slot to become the second Bruin along side Rick Nash, to score twice in the game. Jake DeBrusk would add an empty net goal as Boston pulled away to a 6-2 victory in Game 1.
Tamp Bay peppered Tuukka Rask with shots, especially early but they could not find a way to beat the Bruins goaltender. If Rask can keep up that type of play, the scoring depth of Boston could make this a much shorter series than anticipated.
Game 2 will be underway Monday at 5 p.m. MT from Amalie Arena in Tampa.
San Jose 4-3 Vegas-2 OT
Series tied 1-1
GAME. OVER. pic.twitter.com/lndVSu2EI9
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) April 29, 2018
After a more than convincing 7-0 win for Vegas in Game 1 it was tough to determine what would happen in Game 2. Especially after Evander Kane was suspended for two games for his high cross-check on Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.
San Jose brought a tonne more offence with them for Game 2, throwing a barrage of shots at Marc-Andre Fleury. The Sharks outshot the Knights 47-29 on way to handing Vegas it’s first playoff loss in it’s very short franchise history.
Despite being outshot early Vegas opened up the scoring with a goal from William Karlsson with two minutes left in the first period on a 4-on-4. It only took 26 seconds into the second period for Vegas and Karlsson to score again as he snapped a shot past Martin Jones from the face-off circle for an early 2-0 Vegas lead.
The Sharks would then go on to score three unanswered goals.
After David Perron was called for holding the stick the Sharks took to the powerplay and capitalized. Brent Burns blasted a shot from the point four seconds into the man-advantage cutting the Knights lead in half.
On another 4-on-4 Tomas Hertl sent a beautiful spin pass into the slot for Logan Couture who sent the shot over the glove of Fleury to tie the game at two.
The common trend in this game seemed to be 4-on-4’s with another coming with under six minutes left in the second. On a face-off in the Vegas zone, Brent Burns flew up into the play and took the puck around the net with speed and buried it on the wrap-around for his second of the game and a 3-2 San Jose lead.
On the goal Vegas challenged for goaltender interference with Timo Meier bumping into Fleury, but the call on the ice was upheld and the Sharks held onto their one-goal lead.
Vegas would tie the game with six minutes left, as Nate Schmidt hammered a shot from the point past Jones sending the game into OT. It was Schmidt’s second career playoff goal.
With three minutes left in OT Jonathan Marchessault would score however, the play would be reviewed as Marchessault made contact with Jones knocking him over before putting the puck into the empty net. The play was overturned and the goal was waived off, sending the game into a second OT.
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) April 29, 2018
Six minutes into the second OT frame the Sharks took to the powerplay and Kevin Lebanc sent a cross-ice pass to Logan Couture who sniped one past Fleury blocker side ending the game and tying the series at one a piece.
Game 2 was an all-around better showing than Game 1 and if the Sharks can play this kind of game, garnering that much offensive potential and throw the puck on net as often as they did, this could turn out to be the series we expected.
Game 3 will be sure to be an exciting one and will take place Monday at 8 p.m. MT from the SAP Center in San Jose.