Brayden Point has been a revelation this NHL season. And the party hasn’t stopped in the playoffs.
The 22-year-old Lightning forward scored one of the better goals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 4 against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Friday evening.
After pursuing the Bruins on the back-check in the neutral zone, Point recovered the loose puck and darted the other direction. Point danced around veteran blueliner Zdeno Chara before deking out netminder Tuukka Rask to open the scoring:
It was the third goal of the playoffs for Point, who exploded for 32 goals and 66 points in 82 regular-season games. The undersized center is ridiculously talented and was drafted 79th overall (third round) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. The youngster is playing in his first career NHL postseason and is currently operating at a point-per-game pace through eight games.
It was a key goal for the Lightning, who are leading the Bruins 2-1 in their best-of-seven second-round series. Boston took the first two games of the series, but couldn’t contain the Bolts in Games 2 and 3.
Point’s filthy goal got the Lightning off to the exact start they wanted in Game 4.