Lightning's Yanni Gourde becomes a dad between playoff games

Anderson Bruins Should Be Happy With Split in Tampa Bay

Boston' Brad Marchand yells at referee Marc Joannette after being called for a slashing penalty during the second period of game three of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden.

Challenged by coach Jon Cooper to compete harder and raise their level of play after dropping the opener of their second-round series against the Boston Bruins, the top seed in the Eastern Conference responded with a 4-2 victory in Game 2 of the best-of-seven matchup Monday night.

Cassidy was asked if he's concerned about the lack of production out of his third line, which features David Backes, Danton Heinen and Riley Nash.

"I didn't throw it at anybody", the Boston goaltender said Saturday.

The Bruins have converted on 24.3 percent of their power play chances this season, a mark that's good enough for fourth-best in the league. When you have guys like that, its really tough to play against.

Gourde has two goals and two assists in this year's playoffs after setting the Lightning franchise record for goals in a season by a rookie as well as most points in a season by a rookie. Ondrej Palat made them pay just 1:47 into the game with his third goal of the series, as Tyler Johnson capitalized on a costly defensive zone turnover by Matt Grzelcyk and fed Palat the puck far-side to make it 1-0.

It is the third line, now, where Cassidy will focus his attention and perhaps make a change.

The Bruins certainly can take one positive out of Game 3, and that's the play of Tuukka Rask. On the other side, Tampa's top line of Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and J.T. Miller has been held nearly completely in check by Boston.

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The Bruins top line scored a goal when Patrice Bergeron beat Vasilevskiy on a Bruins power play but Anthony Cirelli answered for Tampa, making it 3-1 after the first. "That matters, but if you're not bringing that - and we've talked about this - if you don't have your A game so to speak, then bring your B game". You've got to defend better.

"We lost 6-2, so it doesn't matter how we feel about how we played", Cooper said.

"You need your best players to be your best players, and clearly that happened tonight for us, ' Cassidy said".

Cassidy also admitted that his team appears to be the slower team in this series. "I think it's easier to do it the next morning and not immediately after the game".

"We knew they wanted to have a good start in this building", Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi told NBCSN's Pierre McGuire.

"The next time we lose a faceoff in the (offensive) zone and we don't tie up the way we needed to at all". There's going to be a lull from the crowd, but you've got to get it back. Tempers flare quicker than a July 4th bonfire, and with so much on the line players are going to attempt to take liberties wherever they can.

The discussion will invariably lead to Ryan Donato.

Secondary scoring is a must-have in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and it has eluded the Boston Bruins in the last two games of their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He began the postseason on the bench, was given playing time just once vs. Toronto, and has been a spectator ever since. Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos have yet to score any points in the series, and both had less than 17 minutes of ice time Game 2. But it was a game which Boston won 7-3.

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