Lightning Defeat The Bruins in Game Five to Advance to ECF

By on May 7, 2018

Opening Faceoff for Game 5 (Photo-Travis Failey)

Nikita Kucherov was a powerhouse all game and went to the net early and often (Photo-Travis Failey)

Brad Marchand goes to the sin bin and gives the ref an ear full (Photo-Travis Failey)

Alex Killorn tries to get one past Tuukka Rask but Charlie McAvoy blocks the attempt (Photo-Travis Failey)

Ryan Mcdonagh with the two-hander on Brad Marchand (Photo-Travis Failey)

It was a physical contest all game as the hits piled up. The Lightning had with 37 while Boston totaled 29 (Photo-Travis Failey)

Kucherov takes McAvoy into the boards as Pierre McQuire ducks for cover (Photo-Travis Failey)

Double coverage as Bergeron pushes the puck up ice (Photo-Travis Failey)

Ryan Callahan was a shot blocking machine all series and an unsung hero for the Lightning (Photo-Travis Failey)

Andrei Vasilevskiy was brilliant stopping 28 of the 29 Bruin shots (Photo-Travis Failey)

Zdeno Chara battles with Steven Stamkos (Photo-Travis Failey)

No kissing allowed…(Photo-Travis Failey)

Act 3 (Photo-Travis Failey)

Ryan McDonagh pinches in and sets up shop in front of Tuukka Rask (Photo-Travis Failey)

Ondrej Palat dishes it out as the best two-way player on the Lightning (Photo-Travis Failey)

Brayden Point scores for the Lightning as Nikita Kucherov celebrates to even the score at 1 (Photo-Travis Failey)

David Backes suffers a game-ending injury after an clean open-ice hit by JT Miller (Photo-Travis Failey)

 

Pre-Faceoff chit chat between Point and Johnson (Photo-Travis Failey)

JT Miller Scores for the Lightning on the ensuing Power-Play to put the Lightning up 2-1 (Photo-Travis Failey)

Multiple Bruins fans then got out of control in the third period and were escorted out of Amalie Arena with the game still in the balance at 2-1 (Photo-Travis Failey)

This fellow was escorted out moments later by security and Tampa PD (Photo-Travis Failey)

Dan Girardi blocks the potential game-tying goal in the third period (Photo-Travis Failey)

Anton Stralman shoots a seeing eye dog puck into the empty net from 185 feet down the ice and the Lightning lead the Bruins 3-1 with a minute and change left in the game 5 (Photo-Travis Failey)

It’s in the net. (Photo-Travis Failey)

The Lightning celebrate as they start to taste victory and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals (Photo-Travis Failey)

Anton Stralman and Victor Hedman are moving on to the ECF (Photo-Travis Failey)

 

Andrei Vasilevskiy gets mugged by his teammates after the Lightning hear the final horn (Photo-Travis Failey)

The top line for the Bruins in Chara, Bergeron and Marchand shake hands with the Andrei Vasilevskiy after the highly contested battle (Photo-Travis Failey)

 

Coach Jon Cooper shakes hands with Zdeno Chara in one of the greatest ceremonies in all of sports. (Photo-Travis Failey)

The Lightning raise their sticks to the ceiling as a show of appreciation to their fans (Photo-Travis Failey)

 

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