In Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning it was pretty clear what the Boston Bruins were lacking.
Like a defensive leader who could calm the team down during that 3-goals-in-85-seconds flurry in the first period. Like a faceoff ace who could cut into the Bolts' 61-percent advantage on the draw. Like a scorer who could lead a rally; or, heavens to Neely, actually produce something on the power play.
So, basically, they lacked Patrice Bergeron; and the 5-2 defeat is an indication that