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2018 NHL Playoffs Round 2- Game 1 (and 2) Open Thread Apr 27/18

The Bruins and Lightning prepare for battle as San Jose tries not to get pantsed again as they take on Vegas.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The 4th series of Round 2 gets underway this afternoon with the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning dropping the puck on Game 1, while the late game has Vegas looking to punish the San Jose Sharks some more. Last night had just one game, and it was a beauty.

WINNIPEG 4 NASHVILLE 1 (Jets lead series 1-0)

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 47 Nashville shots and Mark Scheifele scored twice en route to a 4-1 win in the series opener. When you see that kind of a shot total you think the goalie stole one here, but that’s an over simplification of what actually happened. The Jets defence did a fabulous job of keeping the Preds on the perimeter all night long, and gave Hellebuyck the opportunity to make the saves he needed to.

BOSTON @ TAMPA BAY- 3:00 EDT/ 12:00 PDT (SN)

Fresh off crushing the dreams of Leafs fans across the nation, the Bruins head into Tampa to face a well-rested Lightning squad. One thing is for sure, if the Bruins don’t get a better performance out of Tuukka Rask, they’re not going anywhere. He’s let in 4 goals in 5 of his last 10 outings, and against a team that can score like Tampa, that could spell trouble.

SAN JOSE @ VEGAS 8:00 EDT/ 5:00 PDT (CBC/SN)

The San Jose Sharks need to figure out what no one else has been able to this season: how in the hell do you stop this Vegas squad? They’re going to have to do it without Evander Kane, who will sit tonight after receiving a 1 game suspension for his crosscheck on Pierre-Edouard Bellemarre in Game 1. Top to bottom, this Sharks team needs to be better, and they need to give Martin Jones some help. Jones and Aaron Dell were hung out to dry as the Golden Knights came at them in waves Thursday night. They can’t afford to be heading to the Bay down 2-0 in this series.

And in case you missed it, the Utica Comets came through big at home again last night, with another phenomenal performance from Thatcher Demko. He stopped 40 Marlies shots, and Reid Boucher scored twice including the winner as the Comets won 5-2 forcing a 5th and deciding game Sunday afternoon in Toronto. Tanner McMaster, Michael Carcone and Tyler Motte scored for the Comets. Game 5 goes Sunday at 4pm Eastern with the winner moving on to the 2nd round.