Stamkos looks to produce points in Game 3 vs. Bruins

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman and Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak

Every cliche in the book has been bandied about when it comes to the state of officiating in these Stanley Cup playoffs, and these sobriquets and many more were thrown the Bruins' way following a less-than-stellar showing by the stripes in Boston's 4-2 Game 2 loss in Tampa Bay. The maligned goaltender had a poor start, but rallied late in the game to help the Bruins stay in striking distance. Pastrnak and Marchand set up Krug's goal to keep the Bruins close. The puck squirted out to Tyler Johnson, who relayed it over to Ondrej Palat.

Make no mistake that Rask has that type of performance in him, too. In the end, the Lightning had 42 hits and 57% faceoff win. And a victory Friday puts Tampa Bay in command.

Just a minute and a half later, Palat bagged his second when his shot deflected off of Torey Krug and in the back of the net. Well, you've got to defend better, and that's where my issue lies. He fanned on his first shot, was denied by Rask on the second, and scored on his own rebound on the third.

The Bruins were left searching for the energy in the building that had dissipated since Rancourt ran off the ice. Anton Stralman took a tripping minor and gave the Bruins a power play.

Well, the Bruins are facing a pretty good hill right now. The Bruins bounced back though with rookie defenseman Charlie McAvoy's first career National Hockey League playoff goal late in the first but other than that their offense was stuck in neutral most of the night.

The pace slowed in the second period for both teams.

The Tampa Bay Lightning came on strong tonight, catching the Boston Bruins on their heels early in this game.

Cedric Paquette and David Backes had themselves a "playoff fight" after Backes laid-out Dan Girardi, which fired up the hungry Boston crowd. It didn't go as planned. "We'll assess them in the morning, and we'll probably tinker (with the lineup), but I'm not going to tell you who is going in or out now because we've got to get the healthy guys sorted out first, and then we'll go from there". The Bruins played their softest period of the series and Tampa took full advantage.

Penalties are bound to happen (unless you're talking Game 7 of the 2011 Eastern Conference final, which still grinds Lightning GM Steve Yzerman's fake teeth). Jones saw the puck well all night, and his reactions were prompt and precise as well. "We've got to be better Wednesday". We kept trying to claw out way back in it. It just wasn't the Golden Knights' night. And while the B's did not deserve to win last night, they very well could have felt they were at times playing against two teams in both these games at Amalie.

What a way to open the scoring.

Marc-Andre Fleury had 30 saves for Vegas, which took its first road playoff loss in four tries. He stopped all 34 shots he faced for his second shutout of the postseason. Then with just 2 minutes left in the game, Charlie MacAvoy tied the game at one.

The Lightning improved to 6-0 this postseason when leading after two periods.

Game 4 is Friday at the TD Garden in Boston.

Cooper said he never considered changing the matchup against Boston's top line. "They came out and played". The Jets, meanwhile, didn't: they were opportunistic and relentless.

Sorensen started the scoring 15:37 into the game with his fourth goal of the playoffs. "They don't give up on plays and it's been really effective for us".

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