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Tampa Bay 8-2-0; Boston 6-3-1
The Tampa Bay Lightning have lost the first two meetings of the season to the Boston Bruins by a combined score of 8-1, including a shutout from Tuukka Rask at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in their most recent game. The Lightning seek their first regular season win in Boston since March 25, 2010 in their first matinee game of the year today.
The Bolts look to match their road wins total from last season, as they attempt to earn their sixth road victory Monday afternoon. Last year in 24 road contests, Tampa Bay went 6-16-2 in games away from the Times Forum. The Lightning will also try to protect their first place status (24 points) in the Atlantic Division, with the Bruins sitting three points behind (21 points) in the standings.
LIGHTNING – With all the story lines that surrounded Saturday’s game in Detroit, the Lightning pushed it aside and took care of business at Joe Louis Arena in a 3-2 overtime-winner against the Red Wings. Ryan Malone tied the score at one midway through the first period and Steven Stamkos netted the go-ahead goal in the second. Henrik Zetterberg tied the score at two late in the third period, but Teddy Purcell scored his second career overtime goal to defeat Detroit.
The win was their first win at Joe Louis Arena since 1994.
It was a statement game for the Bolts, in which the team’s balance began to shine through again, as each line contributed to the win. Ben Bishop has also been a major factor, recording his fourth consecutive victory, and still allowing more than two goals just twice in 13 games this season.
BRUINS – Winning consecutive home games for the first time since the beginning of the season, Boston faced the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first time since defeating them in the first round of the 2012-13 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug scored power-play goals, while Patrice Bergeron netted an even strength tally for the Bruins to defeat Toronto 3-1 Saturday.
Amidst a season-long, five-game homestand in which they have already gone 2-0-1, Boston looks to continue its dominance against division foes, boasting a 7-1-0 record against the Atlantic Division this year.
The Bruins conclude their homestand on Thursday versus the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Steven Stamkos has goals in his last six games and is riding an eight-game point streak in which he has amassed 13 points (nine goals, four assists). The Bolts penalty kill unit has killed-off 37 of their past 39 penalties in 11 games.
10/31 – Recalled Forward Brett Connolly from Syracuse (AHL)
Twitter Stat Pack:
The #Bolts @BenBishop30 ranks first in the league for wins with 11 and has a 2.12 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
The #TBLightning’s @RealStamkos91 six-game goal streak is the longest active streak in the @NHL.
With 23 points and 14 goals already this season, @Real Stamkos is tied for first in the @NHL for both points and goals.
The #TBLightning’s Richard Panik ranks third in the @NHL among rookies with seven assists.
The #Bolts Valtteri Filppula ranks fourth in the @NHL for shooting percentage (26.1%), while registering a season-high six shots on net Saturday.
The #TBLightning’s Valtteri Filppula is expected to skate in his 500th career NHL game on Monday vs. the Bruins.
“Our challenge, we need to score some goals against them. One of the lines I’m leaning on to score goals is Stamkos’ line and I think this is going to be a big challenge for them.” – Head coach Jon Cooper on igniting the offense Monday against the Bruins.
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