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Lightning visit Bruins in conference finals rematch

by John Kreiser /

LIGHTNING (1-0-0) at BRUINS (0-1-0)


Season Series: The teams are meeting for the first time since last May, when the Bruins got a third-period goal by Nathan Horton for a 1-0 victory in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bruins went on to win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1972. Boston was 3-1-0 in the regular season in 2010-11.

Team Scope:

Lightning: A slow start was overcome by a fast finish by the Lightning, which spotted Carolina a 1-0 lead on Friday before scoring five unanswered goals for a 5-1 win. Dwayne Roloson stopped 15 of 16 shots in the first period to keep Tampa Bay in the game before the offense came alive.

"For us, we wanted to go out and focus on the things we needed to do to win a hockey game," Roloson said. "We were a little sluggish at the beginning, but we weathered the storm and were able to come away with a win."

Bruins: After a lengthy celebration of their 2011 championship, the Bruins opened the new season in less-than-stellar fashion. They scored the game's first goal when Brad Marchand connected midway through the opening period, but couldn't score again and had just 23 shots on Philadelphia goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

With last spring's accomplishments officially in the rear-view mirror, the Bruins are focused on the new season.

"It's just about finding that switch to get into game mode and turn the page," said forward Tyler Seguin, who assisted on Marchand's goal. "It's nice to get (the opener) out of the way."

Who's Hot: Boston goaltender Tim Thomas' Vezina Trophy last season was aided by his performance against the Lightning -- he went 3-0-0 during the regular season.

Injury report: Tampa Bay is without defensemen Mattias Ohlund (knee inflammation) and Scott Jackson (offseason knee surgery), who are on injured reserve. … Boston is without defenseman Steve Kampfer (knee). Defenseman Adam McQuaid, who missed Thursday's game with flu-like symptoms, may be ready to play.

Stat Pack: Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas went 7-3-0 against the Lightning last season, including the playoffs. … Boston hasn't started the season with back-to-back losses in six years. … Tampa Bay is now 11-6-2 in season-opening games.

Puck Drop: While the Bruins deal with the pressure of defending their title, the Lightning are out to prove that last season's performance and the surprising playoff run was no fluke -- even as they open the season with five straight road games.

"We're certainly going to fight those expectations," coach Guy Boucher said. "I thought last season was a good first step in the process, but now that's over and we're going to move forward in continuing that process here tonight. We're going to be a good team on the ice, we're going to be very competitive and we're going to put on a good show for our fans defined by our work ethic."

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