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Lightning, Bruins battle for Atlantic Division lead

Tampa Bay enters game one point ahead of Boston

by Corey Long / Correspondent

BRUINS (37-23-7) at LIGHTNING (39-23-4)

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, NESN, SUN, NHL.TV

TAMPA -- First place in the Atlantic Division will be on the line when the Tampa Bay Lightning play the Boston Bruins at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

Tampa Bay had its nine-game win streak snapped in a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday. The Lightning currently are first in the division with 82 points.

Boston pulled to within a point of the Lightning with a 5-4 overtime win against the Florida Panthers on Monday. Boston had a 4-1 lead after the first period but Florida rallied to tie game and force overtime. Boston's Lee Stempniak scored the game-winner at 4:00 of overtime.

The Panthers also have 81 points and a game in hand on the Bruins.

The win gave Bruins coach Claude Julien his 388th with the Bruins, passing Art Ross for the most wins by a Bruins coach.

Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr is questionable to play Tuesday after missing the past three games because of a lower-body injury.

Julien will make a game-time decision on his goaltender. Tuukka Rask made 47 saves Monday; backup Jonas Gustavsson hasn't played since Feb. 22.

Ben Bishop will start in goal for the Lightning after Andrei Vasilevskiy started Monday against the Flyers.

Here are the projected lines:


Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Lee Stempniak

Loui Eriksson - David Krejci - Brett Connolly

Matt Beleskey - Ryan Spooner - Jimmy Hayes

Landon Ferraro - Noel Acciari - David Pastrnak

Zdeno Chara - Adam McQuaid

John-Michael Liles - Dennis Seidenberg

Torey Krug - Zach Trotman

Tuukka Rask

Jonas Gustavsson

Injured: Kevan Miller (upper body)

Scratched: Joe Morrow, Tyler Randell


Alex Killorn - Steven Stamkos - Ryan Callahan

Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov

Cedric Paquette - Valtteri Filppula - J.T. Brown

Brian Boyle - Vladislav Namestnikov - Jonathan Marchessault

Slater Koekkoek - Anton Stralman

Victor Hedman - Matthew Carle

Jason Garrison - Nikita Nesterov

Ben Bishop

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Injured: Andrej Sustr (lower body), Braydon Coburn (lower body)

Scratched: Erik Condra, Luke Witkowski

Status report: Since both teams played Monday and traveled overnight, neither team had a morning skate. … Witkowski, who had no points and one shot on goal in four games earlier this season, was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Tuesday. … Coburn remains day-to-day and is likely to return Friday against the Flyers. ... Pastrnak scored a goal Monday but was demoted to the fourth line later in the game. "Pastrnak was turning pucks over," Julien told the Boston Globe. "He wasn't strong on the puck. When you play against top lines it becomes dangerous. So I had to make a decision." ... Miller did not make the trip to Florida.

Who's hot: Bergeron scored two goals against the Panthers and has five goals in the past four games. ... Palat scored a goal against Philadelphia and has four goals in the past three games.

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