Monday was a rare night during the Stanley Cup Playoffs with no NHL action, but they're back to the ice Tuesday at the TD Garden as the Boston Bruins
host the Tampa Bay Lightning
in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, looking to tie up the series after Guy Boucher
's club cruised to a 5-2 victory in the opener.
Meanwhile, the Vancouver Canucks
and San Jose Sharks
have another day to practice before resuming their Western Conference Finals series on Wednesday. For the first time this postseason the Sharks trail in a series and will be looking to even things up heading back to California.
Here's your daily NHL.com Reading List, a set of quick links to some of the stories you won't want to miss:
Starting from the top
After several years of languishing near the bottom of the standings, the Lightning didn't turn things around merely by swapping out a couple players. It was a total regime change, Corey Masisak reports
, starting with new ownership and a cleaning out of the front office, that jump-started this turnaround.
Lightning challenging history
By the end of Tuesday night, Tampa Bay could have the longest single-season playoff winning streak since Detroit during its 2008 Stanley Cup run. By the end of the conference finals, they could tie the all-time mark. Emily Kaplan goes inside
the remarkable run the Lightning are on.
Kaberle feeling the heat
While the Bruins wait to see if Patrice Bergeron
will be back in the lineup for Game 2, one thing that is known is defenseman Tomas Kaberle
needs to pick up his play. Shawn Roarke has the story
on the trade deadline acquisition who has underwhelmed during his time in Beantown.
Canucks' energy line contributes
It's not unusual for the unit of Maxim Lapierre
, Raffi Torres
and Jannik Hansen
to take the ice looking to throw a few hits and get Vancouver going with the physical game. But in Game 1, Dan Rosen tells us
, the energy line came through with a key goal and helped spark the offense as well.
Hodgson happy to be healthy
Playing the role of fourth-line center for Vancouver isn't something Cody Hodgson
, a former OHL Player of the Year, is familiar with exactly. But as Dhiren Mahiban notes
, after a back injury robbed him of almost an entire season and he spent most of this season in the AHL, Hodgson is just glad to be a part of this playoff run.
Couture not lacking in confidence
The fact he's a Calder Trophy finalist might suggest Logan Couture
of the Sharks is a bit raw when it comes to pressure situations this time of year, but the 22-year-old center is up for any challenge. Dan Rosen talks
to the kid and his coach, Todd McLellan
, to find out just how much moxie Couture possesses and how he got it.
Familiar spot for Marleau
Deflecting criticism and continuing to succeed is a roller-coaster ride San Jose's Patrick Marleau
has been through in the past -- and judging by his play in Game 7 against Detroit and the opener in Vancouver, Dhiren Mahiban says
he's been handling the naysayers like Versus commentator Jeremy Roenick