|TBL||2||2||1||(0 - 0)||5|
|BOS||1||1||1||(0 - 0)||3|
Last 10: Tampa Bay (3-6-1); Boston (5-4-1)
Season Series: The Lightning look to even the season series at two games apiece tonight in the 2009-10 conclusion of the four-game set between the two teams. Boston gathered a pair of wins in each team’s home arena on Dec. 2 and Feb. 11, with Tampa Bay’s only victory coming at the St. Pete Times Forum at the end of December. The Bolts have not won in Boston this year, falling to the Bruins in the team’s only contest there in the series-opener.
|Feb 11, 2010||BOS@TBL||BOS, 5 - 4|
|Dec 28, 2009||BOS@TBL||TBL, 2 - 1|
|Dec 2, 2009||TBL@BOS||BOS, 4 - 1|
The Big Story: Two milestones are at stake tonight for both the Lightning franchise and perhaps one of its most revered players, Martin St. Louis. Tampa Bay will attempt to earn its historic 500th franchise victory tonight with a win over the Bruins at TD Garden. Coming off a two-goal performance in his last game that helped snap a five-game losing streak, St. Louis is a likely candidate to help accomplish the feat, as he seeks one of his own. The Lightning’s veteran winger is just one shy of setting a new career-high assist total with 60 in a single season. In the standings, just eight points separates the Bolts and Bruins from the final playoff spot in the East.
LIGHTNING – Tampa Bay begins a four-game road trip tonight in Boston that spans the remainder of the month of March. After falling in five straight, the Bolts earned their first win since Mar. 12 with a 3-2 overtime win against Carolina on Tuesday. Martin St. Louis capped a two-goal night with the game-winner just 30 seconds into the extra period and Steve Downie added a goal to become the first player since Theo Fleury in 2001-02 to score 20 or more goals while amassing at least 200 penalty minutes in a single season.
“You’re trying to help your team win, you’re trying to go in and score every night and you’re just trying to play the game,” St. Louis said. “Sometimes it’s you who gets the chances, sometimes it’s other guys, sometimes you’re in set-up mode, and that’s fine with me. It was a big win, just to start feeling good about ourselves.”
BRUINS – Boston opens a three-game home stand tonight against the Lightning at TD Garden, where they have gone just 3-8-3 in 2010. The team looks to turn that record around tonight with momentum coming off a 4-0 win at Atlanta on Tuesday. David Krejci scored for the Bruins, who also got a pair of second-period goals from Milan Lucic and Miroslav Satan, before Steve Begin capped the win in the third. Tuukka Rask made 27 saves to beat the Thrashers for the third time this season, as the team earned its third win in the last four.
Who’s Hot: Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier is riding a four-game point streak with two goals and two assists in that span and Martin St. Louis has tallied three points in his last two. Both Steve Downie and Steven Stamkos each have a pair of points in as many games.
- Milan Lucic has three points in his last two for the Bruins, while Miroslav Satan has two points in his last two games.
Quotable: “Every game I take it upon myself. I don’t let myself off the hook. I have to bury my chances when the team needs it. It’s big to win a game. We haven’t done that in a while. It’s a tough go, coming to work when you’re in the slide that we were. Now, we win a game, the guys feel good about themselves.” – Lightning forward Martin St. Louis, following his game-winning goal on Tuesday night against Carolina
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