Bruins hammer Lightning in series opener

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It was his second goal of the playoffs but it was more of a reward for all his efforts getting to the dirty areas, drawing penalties and getting off his shot under duress than it was some sort of sign of life. The Bruins GM also knew about his tough playoff track record with the Rangers, but he took the risk anyway hoping Nash would fill a void. Just ask Krejci, who many forget had just one point (a goal) against Montreal in the first round in 2011 and then led the playoffs in points. Two when Rick Nash scored and one when Patrice Bergeron scored. He made up for the lack of statistical success by drawing penalties and staying active in all three zones.

Game 1 and 2 are Saturday and Monday in Tampa, with the next two games in Boston, before alternating the final three games if necessary.

Rick Nash is able to snipe one past Andrei Vasilevskiy to score his second of the game and put the Bruins up 3-2.

The offence is appreciated, but it's DeBrusk's well-rounded game and his willingness to lay it all on the line for the spoked B that has him cementing himself as one of Boston's finest.

That's a quote saved for any streaky scorer, including Nash. You can't really get mad at Rask for giving up that goal. There was no milk crate handy on Saturday at 13:22 of the second period, but Rask did have a skate blade.

Rask had seen the blade pop out after he saved a shot with his left skate, and tried to get the attention of an official to whistle the play dead.

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"That was fun to watch", Bergeron said. "I just wanted to make sure that everybody saw that my blade was off". "It definitely gives us a lot of confidence". Patrice Bergeron scored two great goals. From his strong rebound control to his solid post-to-post movement, the 2014 Vezina victor outdueled Vasilevskiy en route to a 34-save outing in one of his better performances this postseason. Like every game, you try to give your team a chance to win.

Nash had two goals and Bergeron, Pastrnak and Marchand combined for 10 points Saturday, helping the Bruins pull away for a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series. The first one was a complete effort as Brad Marchand kept the puck in the zone and then Pastrnak made a handsome pass to Bergeron. But that's part of the story from Boston's 6-2 victory in the opening game of the series against the Lightning at Amalie Arena.

"You need your best players to be your best players, and clearly that happened tonight for us, ' Cassidy said".

Keeping things simple doesn't mean that the trio can't show creativity.

Tuukka Rask stopped 34 shots for the Bruins, who finished one point behind Tampa Bay for the Atlantic Division title, as well as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Well, that encore almost ended when DeBrusk took a high, but clean hit in the third period in the defensive end.

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