STARTING GOALTENDERS: Rask (18-9-4, 2.03 GAA, .923 Save %) vs. Bishop (11-9-1, 2.67 GAA, .920 Save %). Rask is 2-2-0 with a 3.54 GAA and .878 Save % in four career games against Tampa Bay. Bishop is 0-1-0 with a 3.10 GAA and .889 Save % in one career game against Boston.
MCQUAID NOMINATED FOR MASTERTON TROPHY: Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is the Boston Bruins 2013 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy nominee, as selected by the Boston chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association (PHWA). The Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. "When you think of dedication to hockey and perseverance, Adam McQuaid is the perfect embodiment of both while triumphing over a season of adversity," said Joe Haggerty, PHWA Boston chapter chairman and Bruins beat reporter for CSNNE.com. "He's as tough as they come, he's as humble and pleasant as they come off the ice and his amazingly rapid recovery from serious blood clot surgery is a testament to how badly he wants to be out on the ice. All of this and more makes McQuaid the perfect choice as our nominee for this year's Masterton Trophy."
SEVENTH PLAYER AND SEASON AWARDS: NESN’s voice of the Boston Bruins Jack Edwards will host an on-ice pre-game ceremony before tonight’s game to honor the Boston Bruins player who has been selected as NESN’s Seventh Player Award. The Seventh Player Award will be given to the Bruin who went above and beyond the call of duty and exceeded the expectations of Bruins fans during the 2012-13 season. On Sunday, April 28, the Bruins and 98.5 The Sports Hub will announce the winners of the Season Awards, which includes the Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination, chosen by the “Gallery Gods”), the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy (outstanding performance during home games, voted by Boston media), the John P. Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions, chosen by John Bucyk) and the Bruins Three Stars (top performers at home over the course of the season, chosen by 98.5 The Sports Hub).
BRUINS VS LIGHTNING LIFETIME: The Bruins and Lightning are meeting for the 77th time in their franchise histories with the B’s holding a 47-20-9-0 record with a 259-201 scoring advantage in those games. Boston is 28-4-6-0 in 38 games at home against the Lightning with a 147-87 scoring edge. In their last nine games against the Lightning, the Bruins are 7-2-0. Tampa Bay is one of three teams (Ottawa, Philadelphia) that have never swept Boston in a season series. There has not been a shutout in this series since the Bruins blanked the Bolts 4-0 on Mar. 21, 2000 in Boston.
FACEOFF LEADERS: Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron comes into tonight leading the NHL in faceoff percentage, winning puck drops at a 61.6% rate. As a team, Boston leads the NHL as well in faceoff percentage at 56.4%.
STREAKING: Jaromir Jagr and Carl Söderberg enter tonight’s game riding a two-game point streak with Jagr tallying a point and an assist and Söderberg notching two assists during that span.
151 AND COUNTING: The Bruins have sold out 151 consecutive regular season and playoff games at TD Garden following Sunday’s game against the Florida Panthers. Their last non-sellout was on Dec. 2, 2009 when they hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning and drew 16,553.
LIGHTNING NOTEBOOK: Tonight marks Tampa Bay’s final road game of the year as they look to snap a six-game road losing streak. The Lightning come into tonight tied for third in the NHL in goals per game (3.13) and ranks third overall in goals (144)…Steven Stamkos enters tonight’s game second in the NHL in goals (29) and tied for second in points (56)…Martin St Louis leads the NHL in assists (42) and points (58)…Matt Carle has recorded a point in eight of his past 13 games, notching a goal and nine assists during that span…B.J. Crombeen enters tonight first in the NHL with 14 major penalties and is fourth with 112 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Bruins power play: 17-for-117 (14.5%, T-24th NHL), Bruins penalty kill: 135-for-153 (88.2%, 2nd NHL)… Lightning power play: 31-for-158 (19.6%, 13th NHL), Lightning penalty kill: 123-for-153 (80.4%, T-20th NHL).
POSTGAME TRANSCRIPTS: The Bruins Communications Staff will post transcripts from both locker rooms and from the pre and postgame press briefings of both head coaches on the Bruins Media Website. Visit www.bostonbruins.com/media and log in with the following combination (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, password: media).
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