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Stanley Cup Playoffs wrap up: Vegas keeps rolling

Your daily recap of the 2020 NHL playoffs.

Vancouver Canucks v Vegas Golden Knights - Game One Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

Throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs we’ll be keeping track of all the action around the league, and bringing you all of the results in one place.

No. 2 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. No. 3 Boston Bruins

With two high powered teams facing off here, it’s no surprise that this one saw each side trading some really nice scoring chances pretty much from the jump. We nearly made it to the first intermission, somehow, with neither side able to break through, but it would be the Bruins who broke the ice (sorry) and got themselves on the board, with a deflection goal by Charlie Coyle with just a minute and eight seconds left in the period.

The Bruins seemed to grab hold of the momentum as the game went on, as we saw them score two more unanswered, with a power play goal for David Pastrnak early in the second, and then Brad Marchand made it a three-goal game just over a minute into the third period. But the Lightning were still getting their chances, and it seemed only a matter of time before they broke through. Victor Hedman would be the one to do it for them, picking up a goal just before the midway point of the period. The Lightning rallied late in the game, and Hedman picked up a second goal inside the final two minutes with the goalie pulled, but that’s where it ended for them, they couldn’t fin the equalizer, and the Bruins made it out with the win and the series lead.

Final: Boston 3, Tampa Bay 2
Series: 1-0 Boston
SB Nation team perspective: BOS | TBL
Highlights: NHL

No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 4 Vancouver Canucks

Out West, the Golden Knights and Canucks kicked off their series, and if you were thinking that Vegas, who are stacked and rolled right through the Blackhawks with little issue, would come into this one with all of the momentum in the world, well, you would be right.

The game didn’t look like a massive mismatch early, as the Canucks came out with some jump and seemed to pretty well match the Golden Knights’ pace and intensity. But Vegas quickly began to take over and control play, and proved just how dangerous of a team they can be. They picked up their first goal of the game midway through the first care of Jonathan Marchessault, but the second period saw things really breaking open for them, as Reilly Smith, Mark Stone, and Alex Tuch all tacked on goals. Max Paccioretty added a fifth midway through the third period, and this would bring Jacob Markstrom’s night to an end (though it was hard to pin this all on him). Thatcher Demko came in in relief, and while he was able to stop the bleeding in that he didn’t give up any goals, this one was long over before the goalie change came.

Final: Vegas 5, Vancouver 0
Series: 1-0 Vegas
SB Nation team perspective: VGK | VAN
Highlights: NHL

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