The Tampa Bay Lightning ran away with Game 1 midway through the first period when they scored three goals in less than 90 seconds. One can only imagine the baffling quantity of lightning strikes thrice puns that littered Twitter and other areas of the Internet when this occurred.
The Bolts ended up beating the Boston Bruins 5-2 even though the team’s top stars didn’t do much damage. That must be a harrowing thought for the Bruins, who simply must get better if they want to avoid going down 0-2 at home in another series. (They managed to dig themselves out of a 0-2 hole against the Montreal Canadiens in the first round, but it’s hard to imagine them doing it again.)
Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick break down Game 2 in the video below, pointing out that Dwayne Roloson will likely face a long night while the team in front of him might play a tighter defensive game. Can the Bruins overcome that potentially tougher defense? We’ll see Tuesday on Versus at 8 p.m. ET.
Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”
“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”
As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupovto injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.
After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:
"That's a really disappointing effort from our hockey club… We weren't a very determined team." McLellan on the #Oilers defeat