Bruins hold on to win opener
David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist, Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves and the Bruins held off the Lightning 3-2 in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal series in Toronto.
The Bruins opened a 3-0 lead on goals by Charlie Coyle in the first period, Pastrnak in the second and Marchand in the third. But the Lightning made things interesting on two goals by Victor Hedman — the second with 1:14 left after pulling goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy — before coming up short.
The victory was the fourth in a row for Halak since he replaced starter Tuukka Rask, who opted out of the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs to go home to his family.
Vasilevskiy stopped 28 shots for the Lightning.
Fleury tells agent to delete tweet
Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury said he asked his agent to remove a controversial tweet that suggested coach Peter DeBoer had stabbed him in the back.
The tweet, posted from agent Allan Walsh’s private account Saturday, depicted a sword with ‘‘DeBoer’’ written on it going through Fleury’s chest. The tweet since has been deleted.
In addressing the situation, Fleury said he was OK with his spot in the goalie rotation, which has seen Robin Lehner emerge as the Knights’ No. 1 option. He also said he had spoken with everyone involved, including his teammates, to clear the air.
Capitals fire coach Reirden
The Capitals fired coach Todd Reirden after their second consecutive first-round exit from the playoffs.
General manager Brian MacLellan announced the move three days after the Capitals were eliminated by former coach Barry Trotz’s Islanders in five games.
The Capitals opted to promote Reirden from the top assistant job and let Trotz leave rather than give him a raise after winning the Stanley Cup in 2018. Reirden likely would have left to seek a top job elsewhere.