GAME: Boston Bruins (13-9-9-4) at Tampa Bay Lightning (14-12-5-1).
TIME: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Boston Bruins will try to end a five-game winless streak as they visit
the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum.
The Bruins are 0-3-2 in their last five games, including a 1-1 tie with the
Lightning at the FleetCenter on Tuesday. Rob Zamuner scored for Boston, which
hasn't won since a 3-2 victory at Ottawa on Dec. 13.
"We've tied enough games," Boston defenseman Nick Boynton said. "We need
to get wins if we want to get into the playoffs."
Boston, 12 points out of first place in the Northeast Division, has won just
once in its last 11 games (1-5-4-1). The Bruins did play with some passion
against the Lightning on Tuesday after losing their previous three games by a
combined score of 11-3.
"We're making strides, we were emotionally involved all night," Bruins
coach Mike Sullivan said.
Boston has lost its last three visits to Tampa Bay since a 4-3 overtime
victory on March 24. The Bruins, however, have earned a point in 15 of their
last 18 road games (9-3-3-3).
Joe Thornton and Brian Rolston, who both recorded their first career hat
tricks against Tampa Bay, have combined for 56 points in 63 career games
against the Lightning.
The Lightning dropped a 3-1 decision at Atlanta on Friday, losing for the
sixth time in eight games (1-6-1-0).
Brad Lukowich scored the lone goal for Tampa Bay, which is 0-2-1 in its last
three games -- managing a goal or fewer in each of those contests despite
outshooting the opposition by a combined 26 shots.
"The deciding factor was we had 20 scoring changes and didn't finish,"
Lightning coach John Tortorella said. "We simply can't score a goal."