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Game 5: Lightning looking to close series vs. Bruins

TORONTO — The Tampa Bay Lightning is looking to close the series against the reigning Eastern Conference champions Boston Bruins.

A Tampa Bay win in Game 5 would give the Lightning a ticket to the Eastern Conference finals.

After a scoreless first period, the Lightning drew first blood after Ondrej Palat found the back of the net via assists from Kevin Shattenkirk and Blake Coleman a little over four minutes into the second period.

Boston’s David Pastrnak answered about eight minutes later in the second period on a one-timer from David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron to tie the game up 1-1.

Both teams enter the third period tied 1-1.

SERIES SCHEDULE

  • Game 1: Bruins 3, Lightning 2
  • Game 2: Lightning 4, Bruins 3 (OT)
  • Game 3: Lightning 7, Bruins 1
  • Game 4: Lightning 3, Bruins 1
  • Game 5: In progress
  • Game 6: September 1, TBD
  • Game 7: September 2, TBD

HOW THEY GOT HERE

The Lightning secured the second seed in the Eastern Conference bracket after finishing second to the Philadelphia Flyers in round-robin play. Tampa Bay beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team the Lightning got swept by in the first round of the 2019 playoffs, in five hard-fought games.

Tampa Bay finished second in the pandemic-shortened regular season to the Boston Bruins. Despite finishing the regular season with the best record, the Bruins finished last in round-robin play so Boston secured the fourth seed in the first round of the playoffs.

The Bruins advanced to the second round after taking the series 4-1 over the Carolina Hurricanes.

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