Despite despite finishing with the best points percentage in the National Hockey League (.714) during the regular season and going 16-4-0 in its final 20 games before the season was paused due to the concerns surrounding the coronavirus, the Bruins fell to the No. 4 seed in the East after going winless in the round-robin portion of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy had 45 saves and Ondrej Palat scored his fifth goal in four games for Tampa Bay, which is back in the East finals after being swept by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round in 2019.
Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper calls them guys who have a little bit of dirt under their fingernails.
For the Lightning, a win Monday would mean advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for the fourth time in the last six seasons.
McAvoy pitched forward and his head hit the boards first.
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Dennis Schroder led the Thunder with 19 points despite being ejected midway through the third quarter for hitting P.J. A few reporters speculated that this could be a protest although they were eventually proven wrong after the game.
Boston pushed back following Tampa's opening salvo, with the B's power play finally securing the equalizer off of a one-time howitzer from David Pastrnak at 12:38. "I didn't agree with the call".
"There's no doubt we've gotten contributions from everybody", said defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who returned to the lineup Wednesday night after missing three games due to injury.
The playoffs resumed after a two-day break to protest racial injustice, the latest twist in an unprecedented, pandemic-halted season.
Offensively, the team has gotten timely scoring up and down the roster, including from Palat, who has five goals in the past four games.
Golden Knights 3, Canucks 0: Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots, and Vegas beat Vancouver in Edmonton, Canada, to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series. He fell five points shy of 100 during the shortened regular season and looks to be motivated to hit that mark - along with targeting 50 goals - next season.