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Bruins' Season Comes to an End in Game 5

Boston battles into double OT, but Tampa clinches second-round series

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - The Bruins battled to the very end on Monday night, but it wasn't enough to extend their second-round series as they fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2, in double overtime of Game 5 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Boston twice tied the game on tallies by David Pastrnak (12:38 of the second on the power play) and David Krejci (with 2:33 remaining in regulation) to force extra time, before Victor Hedman eventually ended Boston's season with 5:50 to go in the second extra session.

"This team is resilient," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. "We're disappointed. We thought we were the better team tonight and we wanted to play on. We put ourselves in a hole, obviously, but felt we played well enough to win tonight, get it to Game 6 and then see what happens from there. They're a good team, too. They know how to win, they've done it a lot in overtime this season, and they made one more play than we did."

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Bruins' Season on the Brink After Game 4 Loss

Boston falls to Tampa, 3-1, now face 3-1 series deficit

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - For the first time in nearly 15 months, a Bruins' season is on the brink. The Black & Gold dropped their third straight on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-1, in Game 5 and now face a 3-1 deficit in their best-of-seven second-round series.

"We just have to stay with it," said Charlie Coyle. "They have a good goaltender over there. It's a great team. They're here for a reason. We have to find a way. Get traffic in front. Get to the dirty areas. I think we can do a little more of that. It's going to be, second, third, fourth efforts out there and a rebound goal, that's the way we have to play. They're a good team, they're good in front of their net. So, we have to battle."

Boston were trailing, 3-0 - on two goals from Ondrej Palat and a power-play marker by Victor Hedman - entering the third period, and Jake DeBrusk's power-play goal at 7:04 of the final frame was not nearly enough to jumpstart a Bruins comeback.

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Need to Know: Bruins-Lightning | Game 4

Boston aiming to tie second-round series 2-2 after unexpected break

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - Following the unexpected pause of the postseason in protest of racial injustice, the Bruins and Lightning will be back on the ice on Saturday afternoon to resume their second-round series. Boston will be aiming to tie the series at two games apiece after a 7-1 setback in Game 3 on Wednesday night.

"I mean, obviously you have more time," Cassidy said of his preparations. "[On Friday morning], we practiced, we went through some video. I started thinking about it in the third period and right after the game, that we need to have a different plan of attack - or not so much a different plan of attack, but alter areas of our plan of attack so we can expose some weaknesses in Tampa, because there is not very many of them.

"So yes, a day away from the rink probably helped everybody in terms of their physical conditioning as well, because we just finished playing three in four. Playoff hockey, it's that much tougher on your body. I think the players had a physically refreshing day, but a mentally challenging one."

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Bruins Drop Game 3, Fall Into 2-1 Series Deficit

Boston suffers 7-1 setback to Lightning, marking worst postseason loss since 1992

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - The Bruins suffered their worst postseason loss in nearly 30 years on Wednesday night with a 7-1 setback against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series. Boston, which had not lost by six or more goals in the playoffs since 1992 against Buffalo, now trails the best-of-seven, 2-1.

"We're going to have to move on from this game," said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. "Obviously, not our best game. We realize that that was one of those games that nobody wants to look at. Definitely something that we have to move forward from and get ready for the next one."

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Need to Know: Halak Will Start in Game 3

Despite the back-to-back, veteran netminder gets call as Bruins look to open up 2-1 series lead

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - The Bruins get right back to it on Wednesday night as they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of their second-round series, aiming to open up a 2-1 series lead. Despite the tight turnaround from Tuesday night's Game 2 setback, Jaroslav Halak will get the start between the pipes.

"He did not skate on the ice today, so he's recovered well. That's the plan," Cassidy said on Wednesday afternoon in Toronto.

Cassidy went on to say that the team is not scared of starting rookie Dan Vladar but acknowledged it would be a difficult task for the 23-year-old who has never played in a National Hockey League game.

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Marchand Pots Two, But Bruins Fall to Tampa in OT

Second-round series tied at a game apiece after Lightning's 4-3 victory

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - The Bruins twice had the lead and later forced overtime in the closing minutes of the third period, but it still wasn't enough to open up a 2-0 series lead over the Lightning on Tuesday night. Ondrej Palat scored for Tampa at 4:40 of the extra session to clinch a 4-3 victory and tie the first-round series at a game apiece.

"We had a puck alone behind the net, we just rimmed it to nobody, so that needs to be better, and then we recovered on the wall and tried to make a play through the middle and that got picked off, we didn't get it out," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said of the overtime breakdown.

"I just think we need to manage the puck better in those situations. We didn't. It has cost us at times in the playoffs, but it started with the decision to rim the puck when there wasn't a lot of pressure. It'd be a nice time to put out a fire and make a clean play."

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Top Line Leads the Way in B's Game 1 Victory

Boston relies on some timely scoring in 3-2 win over Lightning

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - For the better part of four years, the Bruins have come to expect the spectacular from their top trio of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak.

All three bring their own unique attributes to the table, making them the perfect complements for each other and, to many, the best line in the National Hockey League.

Their prowess was particularly evident on Sunday night, as the triumvirate combined to deliver a dazzling sequence that ended with the eventual winning goal in Boston's 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the second round.

It was the perfect display of their individual talents, one that could have been pulled straight from a hockey textbook. There was Marchand starting things off with a pesky race for the puck that ended behind the net. Followed by a Bergeron backcheck worthy of a Selke Trophy of its own. Then a feathery, no-look backhand feed from Pastrnak. And, finally, Marchand with an authoritative, doorstep finish for, at that point, a 3-0 Bruins lead just 1:17 into the third.

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Ritchie, Bjork Back in for Game 1 Against Tampa

Wingers will flank Coyle on third line as Boston opens second round

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - When the Bruins open up their second-round showdown with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night (8 p.m. ET on NBC, 98.5 The Sports Hub), their third line will, once again, have a bit of a different look.

Bruce Cassidy confirmed on Sunday afternoon that he will return to the trio that started the postseason, with Charlie Coyle centering Nick Ritchie and Anders Bjork. Ritchie played the first two games against Carolina and Bjork the first four, before Cassidy opted to sub in Jack Studnicka and Par Lindholm to give his bottom six a quicker and more skilled look.

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B's Take Down Carolina, Advance to Second Round

Krejci, Bergeron pot power-play tallies to lift Boston to 2-1 victory in Game 5

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - Zdeno Chara stopped before he answered the first question.

Before delving into a postgame breakdown of the Bruins' series-clinching victory on Wednesday night, the B's captain took a moment to heap some praise on the Carolina Hurricanes.

"They are such a good hockey club," said Chara. "Well coached. They have, obviously, a very dangerous lineup. It was not easy to beat them. They are a very dangerous team. Just want to congratulate them on going to the playoffs and playing really hard. They're very well coached and they work extremely hard."

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The Art of the Comeback: How the B's Rallied in Game 4

Boston storms back for four goals in third en route to 4-3 win over Carolina

by Eric Russo @erusso22 / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - It just felt like it was going to be one of those nights.

For nearly 50 minutes, the Bruins couldn't buy a goal against Carolina goalie James Reimer. Close calls, almosts, and what ifs were the theme as Boston failed to bury a bevy of golden opportunities over the first two-and-a-half periods of Game 4.

But the Black & Gold weren't interested in going down easily. A few offensive adjustments during the second intermission had them in the right mindset entering the third period, and even after they squandered a power-play chance in the opening minute-plus of the final frame.

"Just a few minor adjustments," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said of his message ahead of the third. "And other than that, just stay in the game, keep playing, maybe push the envelope a little offensively. You're down a couple, having trouble scoring, so you're not going to go out there and gamble, but you need to be proactive offensively and it worked out in our favor."

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