The Tampa Bay Lightning host the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of their second-round series. Here’s everything you need to know to watch.
On Saturday, the Boston Bruins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a final score of 6-2 in Game 1 of their second-round series. The matchup was one of tough lessons for the Bolts, whose defensive shortcomings proved to be costly against the Bruins’ depth-ridden roster. Strong performances from Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, Rick Nash and Tuukka Rask (skate blade incident notwithstanding) allowed Boston to usher forth a commanding lead to the series.
If the Lightning are serious about evening things up before a stretch of games at TD Garden, they’re going to have to tighten their defensive presence on Monday night. Shutting down Boston’s top line will be their main priority, but the fact that Nash has arrived certainly adds another layer of difficulty to the task at hand. That said, both of Tampa’s goals came from the blue line, so expect the team’s forwards to come out flying. The Bolts’ true gift lies in their ability to overwhelm opponents through taking charge of the offense of any given game — as such, look for Jon Cooper’s men to exploit the Bruins’ back end.
For Boston, the objective is clear: even if it’s a rough victory, do what is needed to upset fans at Amalie Arena. Two wins in two road games would unquestionably swing much of the momentum in the Bruins’ favor, so it’s reasonable to estimate that Bruce Cassidy’s men will aim to shut down Tampa’s dynamic offense once again. If Nash continues to score, he could serve as a deadly weapon in the games to come, as the Bruins shall look to run multiple lines that can match the Bolts’ capacity to tally the points.
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins: Game 2
Date: Monday, April 30
Location: Amalie Arena
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
Live Stream: Watch live on Fubo TV. Sign up now for a free trial.
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