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Lightning focused on Game 3, not concerned with history in Boston

Tampa Bay has seven wins at TD Garden since building opened in 1995

by Corey Long / Correspondent

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lighting have played 50 games against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden since it opened in 1995 and have won seven of them.

The Lighting are 6-31-4 with five ties in 46 regular-season games and 1-3 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Boston's home rink, the site of Games 3 and 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round. The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1 with Game 3 on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS).

"It's a hostile environment," Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said Tuesday. "But these are fun games. This is what you want to play for and want to go through. We are playing a tough team, it's a tough building to play in, but so is ours. So we are ready to play our game, play good road games and hopefully (get) two wins."


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Hedman and forward Steven Stamkos are the only members of the Lightning who played in Tampa Bay's last playoff win at TD Garden, a 5-2 victory in Game 1 of the 2011 Eastern Conference Final, a series the Bruins won in seven games.

The Lightning went 0-2-0 at TD Garden this season, but they headed to Boston on a high note following their 4-2 win in Game 2 at Amalie Arena on Monday.

"It's best out of seven and we've only played two," Hedman said. "Last night was a big game for us. We knew we had to win that and gain some momentum before we head out on the road. We just have to approach it game by game, period by period."

Forward Chris Kunitz, 38, is in his first season with the Lightning, but has had his own struggles in the playoffs in Boston. Kunitz was with the Pittsburgh Penguins when they were swept by the Bruins in the 2013 Eastern Conference Final, capped by one-goal losses in Boston in Games 3 and 4.

Kunitz said Boston fans are among the loudest in the NHL, and the only way to quiet them is to take control of the game.

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"Great sports town, obviously, the crowd is rowdy and they are in to it," he said. "They are sports fans, they are knowledgeable about hockey.

"Hopefully we can take the crowd out of it by playing a game where we can put them on their heels and put pucks in behind them, play that slow road game where you can take the crowd out of it for the first 10 minutes, (that) would be good for us."

Coach Jon Cooper said he hoped to be in a better position in the series heading to Boston, but whatever the results after the first two games, it doesn't change the plan of making sure they win at least one of the next two on the road.

"To be honest we hoped to be (leading the series) 2-0, (but) it's 1-1," he said. "They are a pretty good team. I think we are a pretty good team. Boston did what they probably wanted to do and that's come here and get the split. Now we have to do the same going up there."



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