Theres two more games to play, but the Bruins are already trying to dig themselves out of a mini-hole in the Eastern Conference round round seeding games at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
The Tampa Bay Lightnings shootout win over the Washington Capitals, Monday, means Boston is the only team with no points through one game:
- Philadelphia is 1-0-0 – 2 points
- Tampa Bay 1-0-0 – 2 points
- Washington is 0-0-1 – 1 points
- Boston 0-1-0 – 0 points
That means, the Bruins, who had the best record in the NHL and were eight points ahead in the Eastern Conference before the league shut down, now need to beat Tampa Bay Wednesday (4 p.m) to have a shot at the No. 1 seed, that had almost wrapped before because somebody will win when Philadelphia plays Tampa guaranteeing somebody will have at least two wins.
It was the first time the Lightning beat the Capitals this season after losing the previous three games.
The NHL is using regular-season overtime rules in the round robin games and playoff overtime rules in the qualifiers. The Bruins were 6-5 if the game was decided in the 5-minutes, 3-on-3 session, but 0-7 in shootouts.
If the Bruins get into a shootout against Washington, Sunday, they might have Ondrej Kase back in the lineup. Boston players are 4-for-30 (13 percent) in shootouts this season, but Kase is 4-for-5 (80 percent). The Capitals beat the Bruins, 3-2, in a November shootout and took two of three in the season series.
Whoever does get the top seed could be facing an unexpected opponent as No. 12 Montreal and No. 9 Columbus each took early 1-0 leads over Pittsburgh and Toronto respectively in their best-of-five qualifying series
Round Robin Seeding Results/Schedule
Aug. 2: Flyers 4, Bruins 1
Aug. 3: Capitals vs. Lightning,
Wednesday, Aug. 5: Lightning vs. Bruins, 4 p.m. | NESN, NBCSN, SN, TVAS
Thursday, Aug. 6: Capitals vs. Flyers, TBD
Saturday, Aug. 8: Flyers vs. Lightning, TBD
Sunday, Aug. 9: Bruins vs. Capitals, TBD, NESN
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