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Lightning excited for 'barometer' game vs. Bruins

01 April, 2018, 00:46 | Author: Christina Hansen
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With two assists and a plus-2 rating Thursday night, the offensive minded back liner now has a goal and eight assists in his last five games played and stands at 4-15-19 in his last 14 contests.

It is the first of two games between the two President's Trophy contenders in the closing days of the regular season and the Lightning lead the Bruins by one point with Boston having a game in hand. They derailed the Lightning's extended run atop the Atlantic Division that began October 19, improving to 48-17-11 overall and 3-0 against Tampa Bay.

In the meantime, the Bruins next play the Florida Panthers on Saturday in Boston.

Fresh off his 41st birthday in mid-March, Chara has played in 68 games for the Bruins this year, registering seven goals with 16 assists while skating a team-high 23 minutes per night and posting a plus-26 rating.

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"We've beaten Tampa twice (before), so I don't think it was a statement", Cassidy said.

After Tampa Bay scored in the second period to make it a one goal game, Patrice Bergeron scored in the third to make it 3-1. "I don't think we should overthink that". With the win, the Bruins improve to 48-17-11 (107 points), moving one point ahead of the Lightning (51-22-4, 106 points) for the top seed in the playoffs while playing one fewer game than them. However that didn't last long as Brad Marchand scored an emty net goal to seal the victory 4-2.

"We'll see how it feels the rest of today and tomorrow", Stamkos said. "We created a lot more opportunities for ourselves".

And the Tampa Bay Lightning are slumping at the wrong time of the season.

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Dylan Larkin, Darren Helm, Andreas Athanasiou and Danny DeKeyser also scored to help Detroit overcome a 2-0 first-period deficit.

Schaller put Boston up 1-0 after stealing the puck from Ryan McDonagh just inside the blue line and started a 2-on-1 break with Tommy Wingels, who got off a shot as Schaller crashed the net and poked in the rebound.

Later in the second, it was Pastrnak stepping in after a hit on Bergeron and squaring off with Tampa Bay's Dan Girardi.

The game paused for a few minutes with 8:44 left in the second after Rask took a few shots at Conacher when he was slow to get up after getting tangled with Brandon Carlo in the crease.

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