FINAL SCORE: Tampa Bay Lightning 7, Boston Bruins 1
IN BRIEF: The Lightning thoroughly dominated the Bruins in Game 3 of their second round Stanley Cup Playoff series on Wednesday night.
Tampa Bay opened up a 2-0 first period lead and never looked back. The Bolts scored three times on the power play and also outplayed the Bruins at 5-on-5. It was one of the worst performances in recent Bruins playoff history. In fact, it's the first time the Bruins have lost a playoff matchup by five or more goals since Game 7 of the first round against the Montreal Canadiens in 2008.
Alex Killorn (two goals, one assist), Nikita Kucherov (one goal, three assists) and Brayden Point (one goal, two assists) did most of the damage for the Lightning. They chased Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak from the net after increasing their lead to 4-1 in the second period. Halak made 12 saves on 16 shots. Rookie netminder Dan Vladar made his NHL debut in place of Halak and gave up three goals on 15 shots.
SERIES: 2-1 Lightning
HIGHLIGHTS A pretty weak slashing call on Bruins forward Nick Ritchie put the Lightning on the power play and they made the B's pay.
Fifteen seconds later the Lightning doubled their lead when Yanni Gourde scored on Halak, but only after the linesman took Boston defenseman Jeremy Lauzon out of the play in a collision.
The Bruins finally got on the board and trimmed the deficit to 3-1 with a power play goal. If the play looks familiar, that's because the B's ran it in Game 2 and also scored.
Alex Killorn scored the Lightning's third power play goal to increase their lead to 4-1. It also was the last goal Halak would give up, as he was pulled from the game shortly after.
Brayden Point capitalized on a breakaway to give Tampa Bay a 5-1 advantage.
Killorn scored again late in the second period.
UP NEXT After playing games on back-to-back days, both teams will have Thursday to rest, recover and maybe get some practice time in before Friday night's Game 4. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on USA Network.