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Point, Lightning top Bruins in Game 2

Has goal, three assists for Tampa Bay, which evens Eastern series

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

TAMPA -- Brayden Point had a goal and three assists for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 4-2 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Amalie Arena on Monday.

Point became the third player in Lightning history to score four points in a game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the youngest (22 years, 48 days) to do so.

Tampa Bay's second line of Point, Ondrej Palat (one goal, one assist) and Tyler Johnson (one goal) combined for seven points after it was minus-12 in Game 1 (a 6-2 loss).

 

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"They rose to the occasion," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper, who challenged the line to be better after Game 1.

Charlie McAvoy and Torey Krug scored, Brad Marchand had two assists, and Tuukka Rask made 27 saves for Boston.

Game 3 is at Boston on Wednesday.

"We knew they were going to bring their 'A' game," McAvoy said. "You don't want to ever let two slip away at home, so they played a better game. We had flashes of a good game. … but they threw it at us. If that's their best, we play our best, we'll be able to match that. It's fine. Just like always, we're going to take the good, assess it, make sure we can continue to do the good and fix the bad, and move onto Game 3 and get ready for it."

Gourde gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 11:47 of the first period. After receiving a cross-ice pass from Point, Gourde scored on a shot from the left circle that deflected off in Rask's right skate.

Video: BOS@TBL, Gm2: Gourde sweeps home Point's feed for PPG

It was Tampa Bay's 10th shot of the game. Boston had zero.

The Bruins didn't get their first shot on goal until there was 5:59 remaining in the first period. The Lightning then killed a 5-on-3 for 1:45, blocking three shots and caught a break when Bruins forward David Pastrnak hit the left post.

"Our penalty kill was unreal on that 5-on-3," Gourde said.

McAvoy scored his first career playoff goal at 18:30 on a one-timer from the slot off a pass from Patrice Bergeron to tie it 1-1.

"They were a little more prepared, had a better start, but we recouped," Marchand said.

Johnson made it 2-1 on a rush at 10:14 of the second period with a shot from the right circle off a pass from Point, who chased down the puck in the offensive zone.

Palat extended the lead to 3-1 at 14:08 of the third period. Point got the puck in the offensive zone off a turnover by Marchand and passed to Palat, who beat Rask glove side from the left circle.

"We turned some pucks over against a good team," Marchand said. "They're going to capitalize at some point. We have to respect the game a little better."

Video: BOS@TBL, Gm2: Krug buries sharp-angle wrist shot

Krug cut it to 3-2 at 15:58 with a shot along the right boards, but Point scored an empty-net goal at 19:34 to make it 4-2.

"We just had a tough night in Game 1," Point said. "We came back tonight knowing that we had to have better.

"We played harder."

 

Goal of the game

Johnson's goal at 10:14 of the second period.

Video: BOS@TBL, Gm2: Point, Johnson combine for pretty goal

 

Save of the game

Andrei Vasilevskiy's save on David Backes at 5:18 of the second period.

Video: BOS@TBL, Gm2: Vasilevskiy lunges to stone Backes

 

Highlight of the game

Palat's goal at 14:08 of the third period.

Video: BOS@TBL, Gm2: Palat cashes in on turnover

 

They said it

"We know they're a good team, but we're a good team as well. This is going to be a tight series. I don't think anybody doubts that. But we feel confident in ourselves. We didn't play our best tonight and it's still 3-2 with four minutes left." -- Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy

 

"The big thing we talked about was let's get the lead and make them chase us instead of us having to chase them. I thought that was huge, us getting the lead. We gave it right back, unfortunately, but we did get that second one. You've got to make them chase you, make them press. They had to." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper

 

Need to know

Johnson (Game 2 of 2016 Eastern Conference First Round against Detroit Red Wings) and Vincent Lecavalier (Game 2 of 2011 Conference Final against Bruins) are the other two Lightning players to have at least four points in a playoff game. ... Marchand, Bergeron and Pastrnak combined for four points (four assists) and have 45 points (12 goals, 33 assists) in nine games this postseason. … The Lightning won 33 of 58 faceoffs (57 percent), including all four when shorthanded. … Johnson's goal was his 24th career playoff goal, moving him into a tie with Lecavalier for third on the Lightning's all-time list. … Vasilevskiy made 18 saves.

 

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What's next

Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at TD Garden on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS)

 

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