Brayden Point and Ondrej Palat, two-thirds of the Lightning's top defensive line who did not practice Sunday, will be on the ice tonight as the Lightning tries to even this best-of-seven series with the Bruins at 1-1.
Point was asked about stopping the Patrice Bergeron line, which produced 11 points in the Bruins' 6-2 victory in Game 1.
"We've got to cover them a little tighter," he said. "I think our effort was there. Just a few breakdowns that they capitalized on, so maybe just stay on them a little tighter, but there're a good line. Hopefully we do a better job tonight."
Tyler Johnson, the third member of that line, was asked the same question.
"There's a lot to it," he said. "It's your battle, it's your compete and just being in the right position. In the NHL a couple inches, a couple of feet and someone could make you pay. There's a lot to it. We've got to work together. We've got to work as a five-man unit. We've gotten a lot better but in the last game we had those lapses and they made us pay for it."
Coach Jon Cooper on his team's ability to bounce back after a poor game:
"The one thing I can say about this group that for quite some time is if they've had an outing they have not liked, they usually bounce back. I'm not going to sit here and say that's going to translate into a win, but they do raise the level of their game. We've played six games in the playoffs, and I would say 85 percent of everything they've done has been really, really good, and the 15 percent that hasn't been great, a lot of it was in Game 1. Still, in saying that, the guys did a lot of good things. When I look at the scoring chances, it was painful to watch again, gut we had some really good ones. So did they. Theirs went in and ours didn't. You have to give them credit for closing out the game the way they did. We feel like we can be better. Usually when guys aren't happy with the way they played, they've shown a way to raise their game."
Cooper on stopping the Bergeron line:
"You just have to make it hard on them, so you can't give them space. You talk to any goal scorer or any offensive guy, the more time and space they have, the more room they have out there, the more confidence they are, and high IQ hockey players are going to make plays. The less room you give them, your stick is on their stick, body on body, all those things, it can be frustrating. The other thing is with these elite players, if things don't start going well for them in the first period, now it's the second period and they don't feel like they're getting anything done, frustrating sets in. that's what we want to set in. we want frustration to set in, and I don't feel like we did another close to that in Game 1."
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