Brad Marchand, Bruins coach angry over missed slashing penalty in Game 2

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Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy tried to assess the different factors that led to a split in the first two games of this best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena.

The series now shifts to Boston for Games 3 and 4 with the Bruins and Lightning tied at one game apiece.

The Lightning trio regrouped and scored three of Tampa's four goals with four assists. He also helped hold down the B's top line. The most egregious officiating mishap came late in the third period, when Brad Marchand skated in on a breakaway just moments after Torey Krug cut Tampa Bay's lead to 3-2 and the refs missed an obvious slashing call on Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman.

TAMPA - The Lightning didn't face a single shot on goal in the opening 14 minutes Monday night, then suddenly faced a furious challenge from the Boston Bruins where Tampa Bay has been most vulnerable.Tampa Bay's penalty kill ranked 27th in the.

Krug threw the puck at the Tampa goal and it beat goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (18 saves) inside the near post.

Terry Rozier scored 29 points and Jayson Tatum added 28 more for the Celtics in Boston's 117-101 win over the 76ers in Game 1.

"Protecting the back end has always been key for us and is something we talk about because I always say it is our best offense", said Bergeron.

Point assisted on Tampa Bay's first three goals before sealing the win with his empty-netter with 25.2 seconds left.

3 takeaways from the Celtics' decisive Game 1 win against the 76ers: The Philadelphia 76ers probably should have won Game 1, playing against a team that had no Jaylen Brown and a day of rest.

Karlsson and Smith both had a goal and an assist; Karlsson's goal was the OT victor and he has nine points (4 G, 5 A) in the past five games.

The Bruins' first line accounted for 11 points, but offense wasn't what Bergeron was preaching after yesterday's practice at the Ice Sports Forum in neighboring Brandon, Fla.

We're early on in this series and the two teams are scrumming like we're in a Game 6. The Lightning are out-hitting the Bruins in this series and that will have to continue if they want to win in Boston.

"They are a good team and they lost 6-2 at home and they didn't feel good about there game", said Cassidy. "We've got to be better Wednesday".

Oh, did we mention how physical this series is going to be?

NOTES: The Lightning have not fallen behind 2-0 in a playoff series since the 2014 Eastern Conference quarterfinals against Montreal. With his 24th career playoff goal, Johnson pulled even with Vincent Lecavalier for third on Tampa Bay's all-time list.

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