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Roger Mooney’s takeaways from Lightning-Bruins Game 1

Here's Times staff writer Roger Mooney's takeaways from the Tampa Bay Lighting's 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins Saturday in Game 1 of the NHL's Eastern Conference semifinals.
Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) is checked by Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) during the first period Saturday, April 28, 2018. The Bruins defeated the Llghtning, 6-2, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the Stanley Cup playoffs at Amalie Arena in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

You stop the Bruins top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak and you have a good chance of winning. Those three combined for 11 points. You wonder if Jon Cooper will juggle his top defense line or if Brayden Point and company will make the necessary adjustments in Game 2.

Bruins G Tuukka Rask was certainly up to the task. The Lightning had plenty of scoring chances, especially early, but Rask didn't budge in net. A big series from him will spell trouble for the Lightning.

Interesting to see how the Lightning will respond. Losing Game 2 will not mean the end of the series, but it would be a lot better to go to Boston with the series tied at 1. The Lightning certainly responded to its Game 3 loss to the Devils. The Bruins, though, are much better than the Devils.

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