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Bruins aim for sweep in Sunshine State

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Peter Pupello - Lightning Beat Reporter

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Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

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Game Notes

  • Lightning (17-23-4, 38 Points) vs. Bruins (29-12-1, 59 Points)
  • Last 10: Boston 7-3-0; Tampa Bay 3-6-1.
  • Boston enters the matchup leading the League in goal differential on the season registering a plus-70
  • Tampa Bay, who will look to halt a seven-game slide, has not lost eight straight since it went 0-7-2 to close out the 2008-09 season
  • Tampa Bay is tied with Colorado and Nashville for the second-most wins in the NHL when trailing after two periods with five, only Ottawa (6) has won more times when trailing after two periods
  • Steven Stamkos enters Tuesday third in the NHL with 50 points, which are two back of Sedin's league-leading 52 for Vancouver - Stamkos has collected 12 points (10G, 2A) in his past eight games
  • The Lightning are 18-39-9-5 all-time against Boston in the regular season, including a 14-16-3-2 mark at home
  • Lightning founder Phil Esposito won two Stanley Cups (1970 & 1972) with Boston and set the former NHL record by scoring 76 regular season goals with the Bruins in 1970-71
  • Tonight is the Bruins' first trip to Tampa Bay since Game 6 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, when a 5-4 Lightning win forced a Game 7 in Boston
  • The Lightning are 10-2-4 in one-goal games, which is the sixth highest winning percentage in such games at .625
  • Stamkos currently leads all NHL players with the most goals since the start of 2009-2010 season
  • The Lightning have won six of their past eight games that have gone past regulation - of those six victories, four have come in overtime and two have come in the shootout
  • Martin St. Louis has recorded an assist in four of his last five games for the Bolts

SEASON SERIES:

The Bolts and Bruins face off in the second of four meetings on the year. The clubs last saw each other at the TD Garden back on Oct. 8 when Boston earned a 4-1 win powered by a pair of goals from Rich Peverley.

THE BIG STORY:

Boston pays a visit to Tampa Bay for the first time since the Lightning beat the Bruins, 5-4, back on May 25 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals for force a decisive seventh game. Since then, things haven’t changed much for the Bruins, who currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, while things couldn’t be more different for the Lightning, who seek to snap a season-high seven-game losing streak and climb out of last place in the East.

TEAM SCOPE:

LIGHTNING – Tampa Bay wraps up a two-game home stand Tuesday against the Bruins before heading west for a pair of games on consecutive nights which kicks off Friday in Dallas. Tampa Bay dropped a 6-3 contest to the Penguins on Sunday, handing the team its first seven-game losing streak since the 2008-09 season. The Lightning surrendered each of the first three goals to Pittsburgh, but then got all of them back in a span of 4:50 during the third period to tie the game with more than half the final frame to play. Matt Gilroy notched his first of the year and an additional two tallies came by way of Ryan Malone and Teddy Purcell. Tied up at 3-3 with 13 minutes remaining in regulation, Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin scored twice past Mathieu Garon in a stretch of 1:49 to restore a two-goal lead, and added an empty net tally with 56 seconds to go to complete his eighth career hat trick and prevent the Bolts from gathering their first win of 2012.

BRUINS – Boston visits the Tampa Bay Times Forum to complete the second half of a back-to-back set which began Monday night in Sunrise with a 3-2 shootout win against the Panthers. They’ll go for the sweep in the Sunshine State Tuesday as it faces off against the Lightning. In the midst of a stretch of six out of seven away from home, the Bruins have lacked a bit of their usual luster over the first two games away from TD Garden. After losing 4-2 to Carolina on Saturday, Boston was often sluggish against the Panthers on Monday. Patrice Bergeron scored twice in regulation, as well as once in the tiebreaker to extend the contest, while Tuukka Rask made 38 stops through 60 minutes before denying three of Florida’s four shooters in the shootout.

WHO'S HOT:

2012 All-Star Steven Stamkos has a point in all but one of his past 10 games and notched his league-leading 30th goal of the season on Friday at Washington, marking his third-consecutive season of reaching the 30-goal plateau. Bolts captain Vincent Lecavalier has six points in his past four games and has recorded a multi-point game in three of his past four outings. For Boston, David Krejci’s league-best 11-game point streak came to an end Monday, but he did notch the game-winning goal in the shootout to help lift the Bruins to victory.

INJURY REPORT:

LIGHTNING – Mattias Ohlund (knee, placed on Injured Reserve), Ryan Shannon (lower body, out 2-4 weeks), Adam Hall (upper body, out 8 weeks), JT Wyman (upper body, day-to-day), Victor Hedman (concussion, out indefinitely), Marc-Andre Bergeron (upper body, day-to-day) and Dana Tyrell.

BRUINS – Brad Marchand (suspension) and Rich Peverley (personal reasons).

NOTABLE QUOTABLE:

“It’s going to be a tough game. They’re killing people. They’re killing people and they’re not just winning, they’ve been destroying teams that have their full staffs. So, we know it’s a huge task. We know that.” – Lightning head coach Guy Boucher, and his thoughts on playing the Boston Bruins

CONNECTIONS:

The Lightning's Nate Thompson was drafted by the Bruins in the sixth round (183rd overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Thompson made his NHL debut with the Bruins on October 21, 2006 and played four career games with Boston, while he skated in 216 regular-season and 37 playoff games with the team's AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins, from 2005-2008. Lightning defenseman Matt Gilroy won the Hobey Baker Award in 2008-09 while playing at Boston University. Martin St. Louis and Tim Thomas were teammates at the University of Vermont from 1993-97. Lightning founder Phil Esposito won two Stanley Cups (1970 & 1972) with Boston and set the former NHL record by scoring 76 regular-season goals with the Bruins in 1970-71. Esposito's record was broken by Wayne Gretzky's 92-goal campaign in 1981-82.

2011-2012 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 27 '12 TBL 2 at BOS 5 B. Pouliot
Mar 13 '12 BOS 1 at TBL 6 N. Thompson
Jan 17 '12 BOS 3 at TBL 5 D. Moore
Oct 08 '11 TBL 1 at BOS 4 D. Paille
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
T. Seguin42172340+351435
P. Bergeron43142539+271632
M. Lucic42161834+57951
D. Krejci40102434+11810
B. Marchand37161632+277522
N. Horton43161531+15052
R. Peverley3772229+151611
Z. Chara4172027+255150
C. Kelly43131023+211913
J. Corvo4321517+141111
A. Ference4121517+112201
B. Pouliot388816+173414
D. Seidenberg4321315+192401
D. Paille398311+6501
G. Campbell404610+75100
J. Boychuk42369+244001
S. Thornton43448+07600
J. Caron17224+0400
A. McQuaid38134+165100
Z. Hamill12022+5400
S. Kampfer7011+6400
M. Bartkowski3000-2000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
T. Thomas2918-9-0578762.06.935
T. Rask1611-4-1254611.61.946
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
S. Stamkos45312051+34065
M. St. Louis40102737-31410
V. Lecavalier45181836-24445
R. Malone39101727-23531
T. Purcell4491524+01630
M. Bergeron4242024+82010
S. Downie4271219-1811120
D. Moore4541216-84401
M. Gilroy3911314+21000
E. Brewer4511112-83100
P. Kubina413710-15301
N. Thompson39448-101900
B. Connolly34448+01212
B. Clark45268-141400
T. Pyatt40527-5401
R. Shannon25257-7800
B. Gervais24336-1600
V. Hedman32246-122800
D. Tyrell24055-5600
B. Jones22224-31000
A. Hall37123-11300
J. Wyman6123+3000
B. Mikkelson5000+1000
M. Ritola5000-2600
P. Labrie4000+0500
T. Smith1000+1000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
M. Garon3112-13-2787733.03.899
D. Roloson236-10-2726013.68.880