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Sixteen hours after the Lightning were scheduled to meet the Bruins in Game 4 of their conference semifinal series, the teams will play this afternoon at Torontoâs Scotiabank Arena.
Win, and the Lightning take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Lose, and the teams are deadlocked at two games apiece.
Game 4, originally scheduled for Friday night, was postponed until noon today after NHL players asked the league to postpone two nights of playoff games so they could stand in solidarity with those in other leagues opting out of games or practices to protest social injustice and police brutality in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wis.
The time away from the ice allowed players in the predominantly white league to talk about racial issues, some for the first time.
It also gave the Bruins another night to sit with the memory of Wednesdayâs 7-1 blowout loss. The Lightning power-play broke an 0-for-16 slump since the start of the Columbus series, scoring three times, and Tampa Bay showed great discipline by staying away from penalties for the most part.
But the Lightning knows the game was a playoff anomaly, especially against a team that had the best record during the regular season.
Can they keep the momentum going? Follow along with us, starting at noon, as the Lightning aim to take control of the series.
Zach Bogosian has a breakaway opportunity out of the box, but Halak stops his drive from the right circle.
Anthony Cirelli carries the puck deep into the Boston zone, killing what remains of the Boston power play.
Bruins goal. Jake DeBrusk scores a power-play goal from the lower right circle after a feed from Charlie Coyle from near the goal line. Ondrej Kase screens Vasilevskiy on the play. Lightning 3, Bruins 1.
#NHLBruins’ DeBrusk fights through traffic to get Boston on the board for the first time on the PP. Bruins trail #TBLightning 3-1 with less than 13 remaining in the 3rd period. #TBLvsBOS pic.twitter.com/wgClLYDJ9V
Bruins will start the period on the power play, as Erik Cernak was penalized for roughing David Pastrnak at the end of the first.
A nice physical play by #TBLightning’s Schenn in the goal crease to keep #NHLBruins from getting on the board #TBLvsBOS pic.twitter.com/saf9ZyJ9Xr
Joakim Nordstrom drives the net, taking the puck from his backhand to his forehand, but Vasilevskiy makes a pad save.
Kucherov wrist shot from the left circle goes off Charlie McAvoy and creates a chance in front for Brayden Point and Alex Killorn, but Halak covers the puck.
Patrice Bergeron feeds Brandon Carlo in the slot off the rush, but high shot goes off Vasilevskiyâs mask on into his glove.
Lightning goal! Palat scores his second of the game on one-timer from the top of the circles after a feed from Anthony Cirelli in the left circle. Lightning 2, Bruins 0.
#TBLightning’s Palat with his second goal of the afternoon against #NHLBruins. This time, he passes Lecavalier for sole possession of the 5th-most goals in the franchise’s playoffs history at 25 goals. #TBLvsBOS pic.twitter.com/EzOTquMFx7
Yanni Gourde down on the ice after being hit late from behind by Nick Ritchie into the boards near the Lightning bench. Gourde skates off under his own power.
Alex Killron breaks in all alone on Halak and shoots off the post from the lower left circle.
Lightning goal! After continued pressure in the Boston zone, Victor Hedman shot from the point goes off Par Lindholmâs leg up over Halak. Lightning 3, Bruins 0.
#TBLightning’s Hedman turns this into a 3-goal lead against #NHLBruins as his shot deflects off of Lindholm’s skate. #TBLvsBOS pic.twitter.com/tEIKQZPXxH
Zach Bogosian penalized for holding the stick of David Pastrnak with 56.5 seconds remaining in the second period.
Jaroslav Halak shrugs away a Barclay Goodrow shot from the right circle on a 2-on-1 with Yanni Gourde.
Vasilevskiy closes his pads to smother a David Pastrnak wrist shot from the top of the right circle.
Luke Schenn dives to poke puck off Chris Wagnerâs stick in the lower right circle after Wagner picked off a pass in the neutral zone.
Nikita Kucherov snapshot from lower left circle goes off the knob of Halakâs stick and deflects up over the net.
Lightning goal! Ondrej Palat scores from the top of the crease after a Brayden Point steal in the neutral zone. Point stickhandles around Torey Krug, then feeds Palat, who beats Halak up high (8:59). Lightning 1, Bruins 0.
#TBLightning’s Palat gets #GoBolts on the board against #NHLBruins for the 1-0 lead. With the goal, he passes Stamkos and ties Lecavalier for the 5th-most goals in the franchise’s playoffs history at 24 in his career. #TBLvsBOS pic.twitter.com/bHQ3Uj8DSo
Brandon Carlo penalized for slashing Kucherov, who had the puck in the slot after a Boston turnover.
#TBLightning are up on the power play after #NHLBruins’ Carlo is called for slashing against Kucherov. First PP opportunity of the afternoon. #TBLvsBOS pic.twitter.com/W1sBgK68Mk
Halak covers the puck after a clearing attempt from Carlo deflects back toward the Boston goaltender.
Nick Ritchie and Cedric Paquette wrestling in the corner after Ritchie takes exception after Paquette hit Kuhlman into the boards.
Marchand gets his stick on a Palat pass for Kucherov, and Patrice Bergeron clears the zone.
Halak makes a pad save on a Victor Hedman blast from the top of the slot.
Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh did not skate during warmups, so he likely will miss a third straight game.
Based on pregame rosters, it appears the Lightning will stick with the same lineup they used the past two games, with 11 defensemen (including Braydon Coburn and Luke Schenn) and seven forwards.
Your #TBLvsBOS Game 4 starters!âï¸ Joseph, McDonagh, Rutta, Stamkos, Stephens, Verhaeghe, Volkov, Wedgewoodð¥ Vasilevskiy vs. Halak#GoBolts pic.twitter.com/vUxg2IuuAR
The Bruins look to be returning to the 12-6 lineup they employed in Games 1 and 2, with forward Karson Kuhlman in place of defenseman Jeremy Lauzon. Sean Kuraly, listed as unfit to play in Game 3, remains out.
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