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A Year Filled With Promise Comes to an End

Bruins eliminated by Tampa in second round

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

TAMPA - When the Bruins' season began back in October, no one knew quite what to expect. An influx of youth coupled with a grizzled veteran core left many wandering how such a combination would mix.

The estimations of many had the Black & Gold in a battle for a postseason berth - at best.

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Bruins Drop OT Heartbreaker to Tampa in Game 4

Boston falls into 3-1 hole in second-round series

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins' season is on the brink.

After a gut wrenching, 4-3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night in Game 4, Boston now faces a 3-1 deficit in their second-round series.

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Donato Gets Call for Game 4

Rookie winger will be inserted into lineup for pivotal matchup vs. Tampa

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - While some questions remain about what the Bruins forward group will look like on Friday night for Game 4 against the Lightning, there is one thing that is certain: rookie Ryan Donato will be in the lineup.

Donato has not played since Game 2 against Toronto, but with the Bruins down 2-1 in their second-round series with Tampa, coach Bruce Cassidy is turning towards the former Harvard standout to provide some offensive flare up front.

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Another Poor Start Dooms Bruins in Game 3

Boston can't get going in 4-1 setback to Lightning

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins preached the need for a better start on Wednesday night.

After back-to-back opening period letdowns to begin their second-round series with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston was looking forward to a more lively start on home ice.

But the Black & Gold produced exactly the opposite.

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Wingels to Sub in for Schaller on Fourth Line

Cassidy tweaks lineup for Game 3 against Tampa

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Bruce Cassidy is tweaking his lineup as the Bruins return home for Game 3 of their second-round series with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.

The B's bench boss is inserting Tommy Wingels into the lineup for Tim Schaller as the fourth line left wing in an effort to beef up the Bruins' physicality, which was lacking in their Game 2 loss as they were outhit by Tampa, 42-24. It will be the first game Schaller has missed all season.

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Bruins Drop Game 2 in Tampa, Series Tied at 1

Boston returning home after 4-2 loss to Lightning

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

TAMPA - The Bruins knew they would have to weather the storm on Monday night.

After pinning a 6-2 thumping on the Lightning in the opener of their second-round playoff series, the Black & Gold were prepared for Tampa's best pushback in Game 2.

And that's exactly what they got, particularly over the game's first 10 minutes. Held without a shot over the first 13-plus minutes, Boston quickly fell behind by a goal, despite another stellar opening frame from Tuukka Rask (28 saves on the night).

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Need to Know: Bruins at Lightning | Game 2

Krejci, Miller good to go as Boston looks to open up 2-0 series lead

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

TAMPA - The Bruins are set for Game 2 with the Lightning on Monday night as they attempt to bring a 2-0 series lead back to Boston.

Here are some pregame notes from an optional morning skate at Amalie Arena:

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Nash Breaks Through in Game 1

Winger pots two goals to help lead Bruins over Tampa

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

TAMPA - Rick Nash didn't quite know what to think.

Initially, he was sure he had ripped a shot from the slot by Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy for his second goal of the game. But when the Bruins came together for a post-goal celebration, David Pastrnak had a different view.

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Rask 'Terrific' in Game 1 Win Over Tampa

Goaltender makes 34 saves, overcomes skate malfunction in 6-2 victory

by Mark Garbino @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - Despite being faced with one of the most unusual plays of the season, Tuukka Rask stayed composed and made 34 saves in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lighting in Game 1 of the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Late in the second period, with the Lightning on the power play looking to cut into a 3-1 deficit, a shot connected with Rask's left skate blade, dislodging it and leaving Rask immobile. To no avail, the 31-year-old attempted to get the referee's attention, leading to a Tampa Bay goal.

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DeBrusk Thrives in Game 7 Victory

Rookie winger pots two goals in series-clinching win over Toronto

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Jake DeBrusk did not have much of a voice left as he attempted to speak in the Bruins dressing room on Wednesday night. It's understandable, considering the amount of talking - and on-ice screaming - the rookie winger had to do following the grandest night of his young career.

As the 21-year-old made his way through the media gauntlet to recall his scintillating two-goal performance - including the series-winning tally early in the third - during the Bruins' 7-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7, he attempted to make sense of what will, no doubt, be a night he never forgets.

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