The Lightning host the Bruins tomorrow at 3:00 PM on NBC for Game #1 of the second round.
- Review how the two teams matched up during four regular season meetings. There were big differences between the earlier and later games. CBS Boston
- Another perspective on the series- Tampa is made of sterner stuff, and heavily relying on Zdeno Chara will sink the Bruins. South Coast Today
- Among the five keys to the next series are the need for two specific players to stand tall. Bruins Daily
- The Bruins will need to be healthy and sharp as they face a rested opponent. Patriot Ledger
- A tale of two teams- the Bruins that willed themselves to win in the third period of Game #7 are the only ones who can best the Bolts, not the ones who disappeared for entire periods in the first round. WEEI
- Meanwhile, in the Calder Cup playoffs, the PBruins need to prevail on the road to take their series, which will be more challenging now that the the Flyers are sending reinforcements to the Phantoms. The Hockey Writers
- “... (R)eal greasy, as advertised.” Jake DeBrusk’s emergence in this year’s postseason hearkens back to that of another Bruin who was an unknown Providence callup back in 2010. 98.5 The Sports Hub
- Don Sweeney offered a grab bag of observations about the Bruins in the postseason, past and present, including his confidence in Bruce Cassidy telling Danton Heinen to get a good night’s sleep and then reinserting him in the Game #7 lineup. Boston Herald
- Bruins over Lightning? Not likely, according to the folks at Sporting News.
- From behind enemy lines, and by the numbers, Raw Charge is hopeful for the Bolts’ success.
Elsewhere around the rink:
- This assessment of the Eastern Conference semifinals is not cheerful, unless you’re the Penguins. CBC
- 31 Thoughts agonizes over the Maple Leafs. Do take #22 with a grain of salt... Sportsnet
- ... as the principal involved denies it, despite widespread media reports. Sports Illustrated
- You da REAL MVP! Puck Daddy sticktaps the best of the best players in the first round matchups.
- Nos amis in Montreal are not too proud to learn from the Bruins’ success. A Winning Habit