Round 1 of the Eastern Conference Stanley Cup Playoffs saw the Tampa Bay Lightning defeat the New Jersey Devils 4-1 and the Boston Bruins came out on top against the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3. Now the betting odds stage is set for Round 2 where the Lightning will take on the Bruins in the best of 7 series for a chance to go against the winner of the Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins.
Game 1 was held at Amalie Arena, home of the odds favorite Lightning but that didn't seem to favor them in the least. The Bruin's (+135) were the first to act when Rick Nash scored in the 1st on a power play. Patrice Bergeron scored in the 2nd to make it 2-0 then Dan Girardi scored one for the Lightning. Nash scored his second goal of the night making it 3-1 then Mikhail Sergachev scored on a power play edging closer 3-2. Rask loss his skate in the mess but the game would continue as there is no time out for equipment failure. Marchand and Bergeron would score opening up the lead 5-2. Jake DeBrusk would score on a empty-net for the final 6-2 win. Boston's Tuukka Rask had 34 saves on the night versus the Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy who had only 18 saves. The Vegas odds makers favorite for Game 2 is listed as the Tampa Bay Lightning at +1 1/2 (+190) and the road dog Bruins at 1 1/2 (-130). The game total is listed at 6(-110) for the over/under bettor.
Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Round 2 playoffs will continue at Amalie Arena on Monday, April 30th at 7:00 pm ET. The Lightning (-155) will need to be stronger on the defensive end against the Bruins red hot top line. The Lightning outshot the Brunis in Game 1 but it was clear that the Bruins outplayed the Lightning. Coverage after blown coverage allowed the Bruins top line to continuously sneak the puck into the back of the net. Tampa Bay Coach says he will keep his line up in Game 2 because he knows it will work against the Bruins. Now its up to Tyler Johnson, Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat to shut down Bergeron, Pastranak and Marchand. Can the Bruins continue winning against the odds makers favorite Tampa Bay Lightning?
What is your Game 2 pick between the Bruins and Lightning?