NHL Betting: Bolts, Canucks hold leads
The Tampa Bay Lightning struck hard and fast in Game 1, and they can take a 2-0 lead on the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night when they clash in the second game of the NHL's Eastern Conference final.
On the road in Boston in Game 1 the Lightning were a +130 underdog on the NHL odds but jumped out to a quick lead in the first period on the way to a 5-2 win. Sean Bergenheim got the Lightning on the board with his eighth goal of the postseason, while Brett Clark and Teddy Purcell scored less than two minutes later to give Tampa Bay a lead that they would not relinquish.
Marc-Andre Bergeron and Simon Gagne also scored for Tampa Bay, while the Lightning's three big guns, Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, and Vincent Lecavalier, were held to one point - an assist by St. Louis. Dwayne Roloson continued his strong play in nets with 31 saves.
Boston had trouble containing the speedy Lightning and their power play fizzled again, going 0-for-4, and so far in the postseason they're an awful 2-for-41 withn the man advantage. One of the only bright spots for Boston in the loss was the first playoff goal for Tyler Seguin; the rookie replaced injured Patrice Bergeron in the lineup and beat Roloson on a breakaway. Seguin may have found the back of the net, but Bergeron was sorely missed in the faceoff circle where the Lightning won 60% of the draws. Bergeron, out with a concussion, is the Bruins' top faceoff man.
The Bruins may have come out flat in Game 1 but the series remains in Boston, so the Bruins are a -150 favorite at 5Dimes for Game 2. The Lightning's win in the series opener has changed the series odd, though, as Tampa Bay is now a -170 series favorite on the NHL futures at 5Dimes. Boston has fallen to a +150 series underdog.
The NHL's Western Conference final resumes in Vancouver on Wednesday, with the Canucks holding a 1-0 series lead over the Sharks.
Vancouver scored a pair of goals in the third period in Game 1 to come away with a 3-2 win as a -155 home favorite. Henrik Sedin finally started to show some offensive life, picking up an assist on Kevin Bieksa's game-tying goal and scoring the game-winner in the third.
Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau scored for San Jose. Thornton's goal was a gift from Roberto Luongo, who should have been given an assist on the play after shooting the puck from behind the net right to Thornton’s stick. Luongo did recover from the early blunder and made 27 saves to backstop Vancouver to the win. Antti Niemi made 35 saves for the Sharks.
At 5Dimes the Canucks are a -155 favorite again for Game 2, and they're heavily favored on the NHL futures - in the series the Canucks are -280 favorites, while the Sharks are +240 underdogs.