FINAL SCORE: Boston Bruins 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 2
IN BRIEF: The Bruins drew first blood in their second-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Lightning with an impressive win Sunday night in Game 1 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
Boston's top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak did a lot of the damage. Pastrnak and Marchand both scored a goal and tallied an assist, while Bergeron had an assist and won 63 percent of his faceoffs. Bruins center David Krejci also picked up an assist to extend his point streak to seven games.
The Lightning made it interesting late with two goals from Victor Hedman in the third period -- including one with 1:14 left in regulation to cut Boston's lead to 3-2 -- but the Bruins held on to secure the series-opening victory. Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves -- his highest total of the 2020 playoffs -- on 37 Lightning shots.
SERIES: 1-0 Bruins
The Bruins struck first late in the first period. Brad Marchand did a great job to maintain possession of the puck in the attacking zone, and a few seconds later Charlie Coyle scored on a beautiful tip. It was Coyle's third goal of the playoffs.
Boston's power play was red-hot at the end of the first round, and the top unit has carried that momentum into Round 2. David Pastrnak doubled the Bruins' lead with a rocket of a shot from inside the faceoff circle on a second period power play.
The Bruins' top line combined to score an impressive goal in the third period. It started with Patrice Bergeron stealing the puck from Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh and shoveling it to David Pastrnak, who found Brad Marchand alone in front of the net. Marchand beat Lightning Andrei Vasilevskiy to give Boston a comfortable 3-0 advantage.
The Lightning finally got on the board when defenseman Victor Hedman beat B's goalie Jaroslav Halak in the third period.
Hedman scored again with 1:14 remaining in the third period.
UP NEXT The Bruins and Lightning will resume their series Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.