The Preds got out to a 2-0 lead and ceased to attack, clogging up the neutral zone in a fashion that would have ex-coach Jacque Lemaire – a.k.a. Miller executed a give-and-go with Nikita Kucherov and scored on a snap shot. They were better than we were in a lot of areas, one of them being puck battles and their pursuit.
Point continues to spark the Lightning, adding a goal in this one with some fancy stick-work. In the playoffs, the club’s attempting an average of 33.3 shots on goal 3.6 goals per game. He had received a questionable embellishment call to match Victor Hedman’s holding call, but it was just a distraction. Yanni Gourde also assisted on the play. The 22-year-old was arguably the MVP of the series, and he did not even play on Tampa Bay’s highly touted top line. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked third overall and it’s successfully killed off 82.7 percent of all penalties. “We’ve been on both sides of it, so you know, we’re just going to regroup and get ready for the next one”. They defeated the New York Rangers in seven games in 2015 and lost to the Penguins in seven games in 2016. But at the end of the day, we’ve got to find a way to play through it.
Game five is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 3 pm in Tampa Bay.
Torey Krug rang iron later in the frame on a point shot, as Boston dominated Tampa in shots in the middle frame. The latest incident happened during the Bruins’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night when he was involved in an altercation with Ryan Callahan following a low-bridge hit that resulted in Marchand … well … licking him. There was no mention if the National Hockey League was reviewing the licking incident.
It all started just after the midway point in the second period.
One would suspect that the officiating in this series will not hold up well under review. That trend continued as the refs had terrible calls for both teams. But, it was the Bruins who capitalized. Marchand hit him in the second period of Game 4, and Callahan skated over after the play. “I think if my lead foot’s planted there, I’m not finishing the game”.
The B’s didn’t score on the powerplay, and focused on closing out the game.
Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn, who had the primary assist on Dan Girardi’s overtime goal that pushed the Bruins to the brink of elimination in Game 4, said there’s a sense of urgency to end the series and avoid a return trip to Boston.
The refs had another bad call in this period, again on the Bruins. Marchand assisted on an early Boston goal and did the same on a third-period score.
Backes, who has suffered two concussions previously in his National Hockey League career, remained down for several moments and required assistance from the Bruins’ medical staff and teammates to get back to the Boston locker room.