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Lightning intend to take advantage of rest entering Eastern Final

Plan to be better prepared following down time ahead of series against Capitals

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning can't make the same mistake in the Eastern Conference Final that they made in the second round.

The Lightning lacked intensity and had issues with their defensive zone coverage in a 6-2 loss to the Boston Bruins in Game 1. That game was their first in six days following their first-round win against the New Jersey Devils in five.

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Bruins' lack of 5-on-5 scoring among reasons for playoff elimination

Little offensive production beyond first line, Krug injury doomed Boston against Lightning

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

The Boston Bruins advanced beyond the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2014 and won Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

But when the Lightning picked up their intensity, the Bruins didn't have an answer, and Tampa Bay won four in a row to eliminate Boston in a battle of the top two teams in the East.

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Lightning special teams key in Game 5 victory against Bruins

Late penalty kill, Miller's power-play goal help Tampa Bay advance

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning needed their special teams to come up big Sunday to ensure a flight to Boston on Monday wasn't necessary.

The plane is staying on the ground.

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Lightning dominate Bruins to win second-round series in five games

Tampa reaches conference final by raising level of play after dismal series opener

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

TAMPA -- It wasn't close. Even the Tampa Bay Lightning are surprised by that.

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Lightning use scoring depth, even-strength play to advance

Limit top line of Boston to reach conference final for third time in four seasons

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

The Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third time in four seasons.

The Lightning outscored the Boston Bruins 15-7 in the final four games of their second-round series and clinched the best-of-7 series with a 3-1 win in Game 5 at Amalie Arena on Sunday.

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Bruins stunned to see promising season end in Game 5 against Lightning

Eliminated in second round after finishing one point out of first in Eastern Conference

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TAMPA -- The Boston Bruins' season was piled bag after bag onto a cart in the hallway outside their Amalie Arena dressing room, soon to be loaded into a truck for a trip to the airport and a flight home.

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Lightning defeat Bruins in Game 5, advance to Eastern Final

Vasilevskiy makes 27 saves for Tampa Bay, which will play Penguins or Capitals

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Final for the third time in four seasons with a 3-1 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the second round at Amalie Arena on Sunday.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves, and Brayden Point, J.T. Miller and Anton Stralman scored for Tampa Bay, which won four straight to clinch the best-of-7 series.

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Backes leaves Game 5 for Bruins with injury, will not return

Forward helped off ice in second period after hit by Lightning's Miller

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

TAMPA -- Boston Bruins forward David Backes will not return for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday after sustaining an injury in the second period.

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Lightning coach, facing Bruins in playoffs, has sentimental ties to them

Cooper, one win from eliminating Boston, was big fan of Orr, Bourque as kid

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

TAMPA -- Jon Cooper cherishes his battered 1974 Bobby Orr hockey card, collected when he was a boy, later signed in ballpoint pen in the mid-1980s by the legendary Boston Bruins defenseman in Vancouver and preserved by the Tampa Bay Lightning coach since that day in a small gold frame.

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5 Keys: Bruins at Lightning, Game 5

Boston must replace Krug's production; Tampa Bay seeks to advance to conference final

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

BRUINS at LIGHTNING

3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVAS

Tampa Bay leads best-of-7 series 3-1

The Tampa Bay Lightning will try to advance to the Eastern Conference Final with a win against the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the second round at Amalie Arena on Sunday.

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