The puck drops on the Bruins’ second-round series against Tampa in a few hours, but there’s still time to take a look back!
The B’s and Bolts played four times the season; the Bruins went 3-1-0 in those four games, losing the most recent one at the end of March.
November 29, 2017 - TD Garden: Bruins 3, Lightning 2
This early-season match-up was a good test for the Bruins, who got Tampa in the second game of a back-to-back.
The Bruins would go up 3-0 just five minutes into the second on goals from Charlie McAvoy, Riley Nash and Torey Krug. Tampa got one back five minutes later and cut it to 3-2 on a Steven Stamkos PP goal early in the third.
The B’s would hold on down the stretch thanks to some tight defense and timely saves from Tuukka Rask.
March 17, 2018 - Amalie Arena: Bruins 3, Lightning 0
This was a satisfying win.
The Bruins headed into mid-March on an up-and-down stretch after their torrid point streak, and left with a pretty impressive 3-0 win. David Pastrnak got the scoring started just three minutes into the game, then David Backes forced one past Andrei Vasilevskiy midway through the first on the power play.
Riley Nash added another PPG in the second, and Tuukka Rask held down the fort the rest of the way. Rask ended up making 23 saves in the shutout win.
This was also the game in which Rick Nash suffered his concussion.
March 29, 2018 - TD Garden: Bruins 4, Lightning 2
If the game above was a satisfying win, this one was an EXTREMELY SATISFYING WIN.
This was the game that featured Tuukka Rask getting feisty, which was great. The game was a tight one, with the Bruins up 2-1 at the start of the third.
Tampa appeared to tie the game in the third, but had it overturned as goalie interference. Tuukka Rask then made a monster pad save on Nikita Kucherov, and the Bruins came the other way to score the prettiest goal of the season.
You remember that one: Bergeron to Marchand to Krug to Bergeron. 3-1. Victor Hedman scored a weak one on Rask with 6 minutes left, but the Bruins would add an empty netter to seal the deal.
April 3, 2018 - Amalie Arena: Lightning 4, Bruins 0
This one was bad. The Bruins came out flat and got pretty much run over. It was made especially disappointing by the fact that it was a chance to solidify a shot at first place.
You can probably write this one off due to fatigue, but it was one of the more uninspired games of the season.