Lightning Will Try To Tame Bruins Tonight
Sunday, 02.22.2009 / 5:00 PMBoston and Tampa Bay Meet for Third Time this Season
The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to get back on the winning track when the best team in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins, come to call at the St. Pete Times Forum tonight.
Tonight’s game will be the third of four meetings between the Bruins and Tampa Bay this season, and the final visit to the Forum for Boston this year.
The Lightning are led by Martin St. Louis
with 55 points and Vincent Lecavalier
with 25 goals. Ryan Malone
has the second-most goals on the team with 21.
Lecavalier has particularly enjoyed success against the Bruins in the past, scoring four goals and nabbing seven points in his previous six games against the Bruins.
It will be a new experience for whichever Tampa Bay netminder faces the Bruins tonight; neither Karri Ramo nor Mike McKenny have played against Boston.
Boston, 40-10-8, has been a force on both sides of the ice, offensively and defensively, all season. Offensively, the Bruins are led by Marc Savard with 63 points, which puts him in 10th place among all NHL scorers, and Phil Kessel, who leads the team with 24 goals. The Bruins have nine scorers with 12 or more goals and forward Blake Wheeler leads the NHL in plus/minus with a + 33.
On the defensive side, goaltender Tim Thomas leads the NHL in both goals against average with 2.09 and save percentage with .932 percent. The team is in the top ten in the NHL for penalty killing with an 83 percent success rate when skating shorthanded.
Following tonight’s contest, the Lightning leave for a tour of western Canada, with games against Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary, before returning home to Tampa to face Pittsburgh on March 3.