Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-30

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The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has finally wrapped up, but not with a lack of stress for fans of the Bruins and Maple Leafs. Oh really? How'd Tim Thomas do in the Game 7 overtime loss against the Capitals in 2012, or Carolina in 2009, or better yet, in the 5-0 Game 7 loss at Montreal in 2008?

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. They didn't pass the Bruins that night, but put themselves in position to do so over the final days of the season. "So we can expect more of that".

After almost a week off from competition, the Lightning resume the quest for hockey's Holy Grail.

Game 2 is Monday night in Tampa. Kuch leads Tampa scoring with 10 points and you have to scroll quite far down to see Steven Stamkos with six points. "Once the puck drops, we'll be ready".

"The goal of our practice was to put us in the best position to be ready to play (Monday) night, and we got to play the game faster, we got to play the game harder", Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

Notes: Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, in his first full season on the Boston bench, was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year.

Heading into this series, Toronto had won seven of the previous eight meetings with Boston, according to OddsShark's National Hockey League database. Boston won 7-4.

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This time, if a Game 7 is needed, it's in Tampa. After having a standout series against the Maple Leafs with five goals and an assist, DeBrusk continued to find success against the Lightning. Now the Bolts will have to deal with a true three-headed monster line.

The Bruins also go four lines deep, with David Krejci, Rick Nash and Riley Nash as key cogs up front and Torey Krug as a productive defenseman.

If momentum shifted in Tampa Bay's way you might've expected some harsher commentary on the situation, but with a big win it's just an odd blip in Bruins' history. Alex Killorn had four goals while Victor Hedman (despite going pointless), Ryan McDonagh (four assists) and Braydon Coburn shined on defense. "You take your foot off the pedal and it'll show up down the road".

The Bruins, which opened the first series against Toronto by winning the first two games before going on to win in seven, knows the second victory against the top-seeded Lightning will be no easy task and much harder than the first one. Nash now has three goals in the postseason this year, while Bergeron now has three as well in the postseason.

The Leafs also trailed the Bruins 3-1 the last time the clubs met in the playoffs in 2013 before coming back to tie the series.

The Bruins out-shot the Lightning in the first period, but Tampa Bay had the better scoring chances. Clearly yours truly is a Rask supporter and believes he's an elite goalie that can bring another Stanley Cup to Boston, but I always admit when I'm wrong on him.

After the game, Bergeron laughed off the incident and said it was good to see that kind of emotion from Rask, "especially the way he stepped up in that game". As the team ages, learns and matures (plus adds new players) they will become better at driving possession, which will allow them to win more games when Andersen isn't on fire. He's off to a great start in the second round with a chance to become a major positive storyline in this Bruins' run.

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