In 2018, when the Tampa Bay Lightning fell down 0-1 to the Boston Bruins in their first round series, the Lightning came back at home to win a decisive Game 2 by the score of 4-2. The Bolts didn’t lose again, taking out the Bruins in five games. The two teams are pretty much the same then to now, so here’s to history repeating itself!
Unfortunately, I can’t say the Lightning are undefeated in Game 2’s against the Bruins, because they did lose the second game of the Conference Finals series to the Bruins in 2011. The Lightning would eventually lose in seven games and the Bruins would go on to win the Cup. That said, the rosters for both teams are dramatically different so I don’t put as much weight into it.
So can the Lightning do it? I hope so. This team has done a really good job of bouncing back this season and again in these playoffs. They were built for this series, and even without Steven Stamkos, they have a damn good chance at pulling out the win. The Brayden Point line has been fantastic, the Anthony Cirelli line needs to do more but I think they can, the third line centred by Yanni Gourde has been awesome to watch, and the defense is strong. I have a little worry creeping in about Andrei Vasilevskiy, but I’m trying my best to ignore it, ok!
Here’s hoping tonight’s the first of four straight wins.
Dallas Stars 5, Colorado Avalanche 2 — DAL leads 2-0
The first series to hit two games, and it looks like the magic in Colorado has worn off. They bullied Arizona out of the bubble, but without Erik Johnson and Philipp Grubauer, they look mighty pedestrian beyond the Nathan MacKinnon line and the power play. The Stars are shutting them down. [Mile High Hockey]
Boston Bruins “@” Tampa Bay Lightning — BOS leads 1-0
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Here are some quotes from yesterday’s practice in Toronto. The team is expecting to just ride Vasy, and Nikita Kucherov is stepping up.
Sounds like Andrei Vasilevskiy will get both games in the back-to-back as expected. Cooper said the 5-months off for the pause works in his favor for starting both, no travel helps too. Mentioned if Game 2 goes into 5 OTs, might have to readjust their thinking. #Bolts #TBLvsBOS— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) August 24, 2020
Shattenkirk said Nikita Kucherov has been more vocal in the locker room of late. "He's really stepped up and been a positive influence on our team in the locker room. He's speaking up, and it's been very refreshing to have him buy in in that way as well." #Bolts #TBLvsBOS— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) August 24, 2020
Poor Avs, this was the eventual game-winning goal.
Early talks are underway over how the NHL is going to run a regular season. My guess is they put the all the divisions in their own bubbles and make Tampa Bay play Boston, Florida, Buffalo, Detroit, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal 10 times each. Easy 70 game season that totally won’t melt everyone’s minds.
Hearing the NHL and PA have had preliminary talks about next season. One proposal is to create 4 bubble cities, and rotating all 31 teams in those venues in 8 game increments.— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) August 24, 2020
At present, there’s no indication if all the cities would be in Canada.
But makes the most sense.
Alex Ovechkin has been named the NHL 21 cover athlete.
Alex Ovechkin named EA Sports' NHL 21 cover athlete https://t.co/3USwcSK9Oa— RMNB (@russianmachine) August 24, 2020
The Detroit Red Wings have signed RFA Robby Fabbri to a two-year, $2.95 million AAV contract.
This was really cool. Evolving Hockey and Cap Friendly teamed up to provide advanced stats for the salary cap website. This was the one thing at the top of my mind that I was hoping would be added to Cap Friendly. I think it’s great!
Major Feature Announcement!— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) August 24, 2020
We've teamed up with @EvolvingHockey to bring some key advanced stats to CapFriendly!
There is now a toggle to switch between standard and advanced stats on player pages, for example, shown is Sidney Crosby's player pagehttps://t.co/HZvzGoGqRC pic.twitter.com/KqlE2Vi1Zk