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Recap: Bruins jump out to 3-0 lead, hold on late to take Game 1

It got a little dicey, but a win is a win!

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After a back-and-forth first, Charlie Coyle gets the Bruins on the board with a wild tip, making it 1-0 Bruins.

This short highlight doesn’t do it justice, but powered by a surgical power play, David Pastrnak buries one in the second to make it 2-0 Bruins.

Chris Wagner gets whistled for roughing on this play. Yes, a penalty. On this play.

Tampa pressed late in the second, but it was the Bruins who added another one early in the third, as Patrice Bergeron forced a turnover, one that Pastrnak fed to Marchand to make it 3-0 Bruins.

A Victor Hedman toss through traffic beats Jaroslav Halak to make it 3-1 Bruins in the third.

A fortunate bounce off of Charlie McAvoy gives Hedman his second of the night, making it 3-2 Bruins late in the third.

And that would be all she wrote!

The Bruins held on in the final 90 seconds to take Game 1, 3-2.

Game notes

  • Jaroslav Halak was excellent tonight. The team around him didn’t exactly play a fantastic 60-minute game, but Halak made some big saves when called upon. Tampa controlled play for large stretches of this game, particularly in the second period, but Halak stood firm. The two goals he allowed were either through traffic or wonky deflections (or both).
  • The officiating tonight was pretty bad, in both directions. It started with a weak call on Zdeno Chara within the first minute, and continued with a number of soft holds, trips, etc. The call on Chris Wagner may be one of the most absurd penalty calls I’ve ever seen in a playoff game.
  • Marchand was probably the best Bruins forward tonight. He was instrumental in the Bruins’ first goal, and got rewarded for his three-zone effort with the third goal.
  • Tampa continues to do its best to make itself the innocent bystander in these games. They’re a team that seems to live for the power play, and does whatever it can to draw one whenever possible.
  • I wasn’t his biggest fan to begin within, but I didn’t really see much of anything from Nick Ritchie tonight. Was he bad? I guess not. Did he have any real impact? No, not really. He was clearly trying to play a physical game when he was out there, but appeared to be a step behind more often than not. He’ll probably get another game to try to sort things out, but I’d imagine he’s on a short leash.
  • Again, that penalty call on Chris Wagner was insanity.
  • This is one of those weird games where you can correctly say “if not for Halak, the Bruins would have lost” and “if not for Vasilevskiy, the Lightning would have gotten blown out.” While he ultimately took the L, Vasilevskiy made a number of huge saves in the first and second periods to keep his team in the game. Tampa certainly didn’t lose due to goaltending.
  • Ondrej Kase continues to play well with David Krejci and Jake DeBrusk. Kase is one of those guys who just seems to have a goal coming, given how he’s played to this point.