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Lightning (14-8-3, 31 Points) at Bruins (13-8-2, 26 Points)
Last 10: Tampa Bay (6-3-1); Boston (5-4-1)
Season Series: This is the second of four meetings this season and the first of two to be played in Boston. The two clubs last met at the St. Pete Times Forum on Nov. 22 in a contest that resulted in a 3-1 Lightning victory.
The Big Story: Tampa Bay has been soaring on the road recently, winning four of the last five away from home. The Lightning also look to remain perfect against the Northeast Division this season, against which it has gone unbeaten in five straight. In order to do so, Tampa Bay will need production from Steven Stamkos, who has been held without a goal in three straight for the first time this season. Stamkos is looking to avoid a four-game goal drought, which would be the first since he went five in a row without scoring from Mar. 12-20 of last season.
LIGHTNING – Tampa Bay wraps up a two-game road swing tonight in Boston before returning home to take on the Avalanche on Saturday night at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Lightning are seeking to continue the momentum coming off a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory in Toronto Tuesday night. Martin St. Louis scored twice, once to bring the game to within one and another to tie the contest with nine seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime. Simon Gagne added the game-winner in his first action back since missing 18 games due to injury, becoming just the second player in franchise history to record his first goal as a member of the club in overtime. Gagne’s return also prompted the team to reassign Blair Jones to Norfolk of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.
BRUINS – Boston hosts the Lightning for one game at home before it travels to Toronto for a contest with the Leafs. Boston will then play each of the next three within its home arena. The Bruins snapped a two-game skid last night with a 3-0 shutout of the Flyers. Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron each scored, and Tim Thomas improved to 12-2-1 behind a 41-save effort. Boston plays the second half of a back-to-back set tonight against the Lightning.
Who’s Hot: Ryan Malone leads the Bolts with three points in his last two and Steve Downie and Steven Stamkos each have two points in as many contests. Boston’s Milan Lucic has three points in his last four and Mark Recchi has a pair of points in his last four times out as well.
Injury Report: LIGHTNING – Vincent Lecavalier (hand, placed on Injured Reserve) and Matt Smaby (ankle, placed on Injured Reserve). BRUINS – Marc Savard (post concussion syndrome), Trent Whitfield (Achilles tendon) and Marco Sturm (knee surgery).
Quotable: “It felt good. The more the game went on, I felt more comfortable. Getting the goal in overtime, that's a bonus,” – Simon Gagne, after scoring the game-winner Tuesday night in his first game back from injury
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