Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6, second in the Atlantic Division during the regular season) vs. Boston Bruins (44-14-12, first in the Atlantic Division during the regular season)
Toronto; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
EASTERN CONFERENCE SECOND ROUND: Tampa Bay leads series 2-1
BOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference second round with a 2-1 lead in the series. The teams meet Friday for the eighth time this season. The Lightning won the last matchup 7-1. Alex Killorn scored a team-high two goals for the Lightning in the victory.
The Bruins have gone 14-6-3 against division opponents. Boston leads the Eastern Conference with 57 power-play goals, led by David Pastrnak with 20.
The Lightning are 18-5-1 in division play. Tampa Bay leads the the Eastern Conference with 5.9 assists per game, led by Nikita Kucherov averaging 0.8.
TOP PERFORMERS: Pastrnak leads the Bruins with 48 goals, adding 47 assists and totalling 95 points. Brad Marchand has seven goals and five assists over the last 10 games for Boston.
Kucherov leads the Lightning with 52 total assists and has 85 points. Brayden Point has six goals and eight assists over the last 10 games for Tampa Bay.
DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Bruins: Averaging 2.4 goals, 4.3 assists, 4.4 penalties and 11.4 penalty minutes while giving up 3.0 goals per game with a .898 save percentage.
Lightning: Averaging 3.0 goals, 5.6 assists, 4.8 penalties and 10.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.4 goals per game with a .924 save percentage.
INJURIES: Bruins: None listed.
Lightning: Ryan McDonagh: out (undisclosed), Steven Stamkos: out (lower body).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
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