TORONTO, ON — Coming off a Round 1 series win, the Lightning could not get it done in Game 1 against the Bruins in the second round of the Stanely Cup Playoffs.
After three periods of strong gameplay, but late goal scoring, the Lightning fell to the Bruins 3-2. Victor Hedman scored the team's two goals within the back half of the third period. But, with limited time left in the game and the Bruins holding a 3-0 lead for a majority of the game the Bolts now have to play catch up in the second-round series.
The NHL says the best-of-seven matchup is the third time the two teams have met in the playoffs. This time will be the great equalizer as Boston won in the 2011 Conference Finals and Tampa Bay won in the 2018 Second Round.
We're helping keep you up to speed as you support the Bolts from afar. Here's how the game is playing out, with our live blog below:
10:54 p.m. (Aug. 23):
10:33 p.m. (Aug. 23): BOLTS GET ON THE BOARD! Victor Hedman with the first goal of the night for the Lightning.
10:19 p.m. (Aug. 23): Bruins expand their lead with another goal by Brad Marchand.
10:16 p.m. (Aug. 23): Bolts enter the third period needing to make up a 0-2 deficit.
10:08 p.m. (Aug. 23):
9:48 p.m. (Aug 23): Bolts get a third power play in tonight's game, but end it scoreless.
9:26 p.m. (Aug. 23): Power play opportunity for the Lightning after Patrice Bergeron gets called for holding. Bolts do not get on the board.
9:20 p.m. (Aug 23): Victor Hedman gets called for tripping, putting the Bruins in line for a power play. The Bruins get on the board again here with a power play goal. Lightning trail 0-2.
8:58 p.m. (Aug 23): Lightning end the first period down by one.
8:56 p.m. (Aug. 23): Bruins strike first with a goal by Charlie Coyle. The Bruins now lead 1-0.
8:43 p.m. (Aug. 23): Now, it is the Bruins turn for a power play after Mikhail Sergachev is sent to the box for holding. Bolts complete a strong penalty kill here. The game stays 0-0.
8:22 p.m. (Aug. 23): Lightning secure an early power play after Zdeno Chara gets called for cross-checking, but the Bolts cannot put it together to score a goal.
8:21 p.m. (Aug. 23): It's go time Bolts fans!
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