The Boston Bruins (No. 4 seed in the East) are about to lose the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning (No. 2 seed) for the second time in the last three seasons after finding themselves 3-1 down following the first four contests of the matchup.
The Boston Bruins (5-7-0) dropped their third consecutive decision to find themselves just one defeat away from being ejected from the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs after losing Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Tampa Bay Lightning with a count of 3-1 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Saturday.
Boston won 65% of all the face-offs and outshot the Bolts 30-26, but managed to find the back of the net just once, with Jake DeBrusk (4 points this postseason) netting his fourth snipe of the current playoffs midway through the final third during power play when the Bruins were already leading 3-0.
Halak was a little better in Game 4, but he allowed three goals on 26 shots in another loss as the Lightning pushed the Bruins to the brink of elimination. He slipped to 1-3 with a 3.66 goals against average and .
891 save percentage through four games, as he has mostly struggled to shoulder the full load with Rask back in Finland due to personal reasons. Halak has shown the ability to get hot over an extended period, rattling off five straight wins from Jan. 21 to Feb. 21. In other words, this series isn’t quite over yet, but Halak needs to get on the ball.
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