Much of the fun has already been removed. There won’t be an arena floor packed with tables full of scouts and executives, no prospects and their family members waiting anxiously in the stands, no fans present to boo league commissioner Gary Bettman or representatives of the host city’s arch rival.
Corey Perry scored the double-overtime winner as the Dallas Stars beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Saturday to keep their National Hockey League Stanley Cup hopes alive and send the best-of-seven final to a Game Six.
Victor Hedman scored the game-winner with 5:50 remaining in the second overtime period as the Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference finals with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of their second-round series Monday night at Toronto.
Each playoff game between the Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning was expected to be passionate, dramatic and tight. But in Game 3 of the series that’s supposed to be between the two best teams in the league, the Bruins mailed in a no-show performance and lost, 7-1, at Scotiabank Arena.
Nikita Kucherov collected one goal and three assists to lead the Lightning to a 7-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night in Toronto, giving Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead in an Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each collected a goal and an assist to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday in Toronto to kick off their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron scored on power plays late in the second period to lift the Boston Bruins to a series-clinching 2-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference’s first round Wednesday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
There’s still a wild card out there, and the Bruins don’t hold it. They’ve made sure it can’t beat them, though, and if they play their cards right on Wednesday, they could prevent the Hurricanes from even using it.
Jake DeBrusk scored twice and the Boston Bruins racked up four goals in a span of less than seven minutes in the third period to wipe out a two-goal deficit and defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in Game 4 on Monday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves in a surprise appearance, while Charlie Coyle and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist as the Boston Bruins overcame a roster change to win 3-1 in Game 3 against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoff series between the Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins was postponed until 11 a.m. Wednesday because an earlier game Tuesday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto went too long.
Tuukka Rask is not one to worry, or at least show it. And after the Bruins lost their third straight game in round-robin play to bump the Presidents' Trophy-winning B's down to the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, the goaltender stayed true to form.