Top line, Tuukka Rask lead Bruins in 6-2 rout of Lightning

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The Bruins came out on top, with an impressive 6-2 win over the Bolts.

What amazed me the most about what the Bergeron line was able to do in Game 1 was the way they were able to create space and move the puck easily in the offensive zone. Aside from his two goals, Bergeron was able to get five shots on net and win 13 of his 23 faceoffs.

"You need that on-ice awareness", associate coach Rick Bowness said.

Listen, the Lightning shouldn't feel bad about what the Bergeron line did to them in Saturday's victory. Electric in the series and weirdly could and probably should have had about five more points to his tally. They were back at Amalie on Friday in full preperation for the Bruins.

Entering the final stanza of play with a one-goal lead, Boston's top line put an end to any hope of a Tampa rally, with Marchand and Bergeron each lighting the lamp to put the game out of reach. He's also done this while becoming a legitimately top-tier passing option this spring, with multiple highlight-reel dishes. The passing lanes were there and the three took advantage of it. Pastrnak and Marchand led all Bruins with four assists. And with a throwback to his supremely agitating ways that's included licks and faux-licks. "You have to respect them as a group, but you can't fear them". It's actually incredible to watch.

It was also fun for Bergeron and company to see Rask bounce back from those tough goals to deliver a stellar outing. Last game they did a decent job defending against it.

If anything, it's been simple misses and blocked shots that have troubled the B's best into zeros. They got goals from 14 different players in the first round, including five goals from their defensemen. Andrei Vasilevskiy had 18 saves for the Lightning.

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Note: The Leafs last won a playoff series in 2004 when they beat the Ottawa Senators in seven games before falling to Philadelphia Flyers 4-2 in the conference semifinal. "When he is in a position to make a play more than shooting, he can make those plays".

But you have to wonder if and how the Bolts can throw something better Bergeron and Co.'s way. But he'll have to be better against the Lightning.

The Boston Bruins had a grueling seven-game series with the Toronto Maple Leafs and that should have really put them at a disadvantage against the Lightning in game one of this series.

Tuukka Rask made the second period of the Bruins-Lightning game even more eventful on Saturday when he chucked his broken skate blade across the ice.

Their regular season featured the veteran Dan Girardi as the team's top shot-blocker, with 155 blocks.

Even though the Bruins averaged 3.20 goals per game through their first 60 games of the season, coach Bruce Cassidy said the belief in their ability to outscore the opposition started during a six-game homestand from February 27-March 10.

Boston opened the scoring late in the first period, on Rick Nash's first of the game and they never gave up the lead. With their dynamic-duo performance in Game 1, they silenced the peanut gallery ... at least for a couple of days. He could have charged down the right-wing and gone around the net with the puck to avoid a wallop from the Other Jake, defenceman Gardiner, who inexplicably had turned to the middle but got to the intersection of puck and blue-paint at the exact time DeBrusk got the puck towards goalie Fredrik Andersen. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Ty?

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