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. 4 Boston Bruins
Riding high on the momentum from their Game 1 win, the Bruins came out for this one with some jump and picked up an early lead, care of a goal from Nick Ritchie, and suddenly things were looking a little dicey for the Lightning already. It looked like they had responded well and gotten the equalizer thanks to Barclay Goodrow, but on further review it, the play was offside and the goal came back. But no matter, the Lightning would tie things up for real just past the midway point of the period, as Blake Coleman got the Lightning on the board.
As the game went on, the strength of both offenses were on full display, as each side traded a handful of really great chances, and we found ourselves in something of a run and gun game. Brad Marchand got the Bruins’ lead back with a goal on the power play late in the second, but the Lightning came right back and under a minute later, Nikita Kucherov restored the tie. Coleman picked up his second of the night to pull the Lightning into the lead midway through the third. But the Bruins weren’t going away quietly, and were able to tie things up, after putting on an absolute passing clinic, with the Bruins with David Pastrnak zipping the puck low in the zone to Sean Kuraly, who sent it right across the slot to Marchand who put it away and picked up his second of the night. And, as the tie held for the rest of regulation, forced overtime.
Considering these two play again tonight, mercifully, overtime was brief. Just 4:40 into the overtime period, after having an initial shot stopped earlier in his shift, Ondej Palat made the most of his next one and picked up the overtime winner for the Lightning.
No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 4 Vancouver Canucks
After a pretty brutal Game 1 loss, the Canucks were looking to respond well and get themselves back on track in Game 2, and boy did they ever do just that. Just 1:29 into the first period, the Canucks got themselves on the board, as a stellar entry play by Elias Pettersson led to a pass to Tyler Toffoli in front, who picked up his first goal in his first game of the post-season. They were able to keep things rolling and extend their lead to two with a power play goal from Bo Horvat midway through the period.
The Golden Knights were able to cut that lead back down to one as Alex Tuch got them on the board 6:34 into the period. But the Canucks were able to pretty well control play, still, and Pettersson picked up a goal late in the third period, and then Horvat grabbed his second of the night just 18 seconds into the third period, and they really seemed to have the Golden Knights on their heels. Max Pacioretty was able to get one back for Vegas on the 6-on-4, but that was all the pushback they had in them. Tanner Pearson would respond with the empty netter, and that was all she wrote.