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Saturday, October 19th (All times Eastern)

Boston Bruins (4-2-0) at Tampa Bay Lightning (5-2-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The surging Tampa Bay Lightning will try to avenge a loss from earlier this season when they host the Boston Bruins in Saturday's clash at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The Bruins and Lightning, both members of the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, opened their seasons against each other on Oct. 3 in Boston. The Bruins claimed a 3-1 victory in that contest as Tuukka Rask turned aside 32 shots to lead the home team to a season-opening triumph.

Anders Lindback surrendered three goals on 25 shots in that loss, Tampa Bay's fifth straight setback against the Bruins. However, Boston has dropped three of five and five of its past eight games in Tampa.

Since losing in Boston earlier this month, the Lightning have won five of six games and enter Saturday riding a two-game win streak. Tampa has outscored the opposition by a combined 8-2 score in its last two contests, beating Los Angeles by a 5-1 score on Tuesday before downing Minnesota 3-1 two days later.

Steven Stamkos' goal with 5:04 remaining in the third period snapped a tie and helped lift the Lightning to a win over the visiting Wild. It was the fifth goal of the season for Stamkos, who is tied with Martin St. Louis for the team lead with 10 points.

Sami Salo sealed the outcome with an empty-net goal in the final seconds.

Tyler Johnson added a power-play tally to support a 25-save performance by Ben Bishop, who is 5-0-0 with a 1.57 goals against average and .943 save percentage.

"It's not just me, it's the guys in front of me," Bishop said of his recent success. "The guys are playing great."

Bishop expects to get the call again on Saturday. He has only faced Boston once in his career, losing a decision on April 5, 2012 while still a member of the Ottawa Senators.

Tampa is 3-1-0 so far on seven-game road trip and will play the fifth contest of the residency Thursday against Chicago.

Boston is 4-2-0 on the season and is coming off Thursday's close win at Florida. Reilly Smith scored with 58.7 seconds to play as the Bruins escaped with a 3-2 win over the Panthers.

Smith scored the game-winner on former Boston goaltender Tim Thomas, who for the first time was facing the team he won a Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe trophy with in 2011. Thomas took the loss after allowing all three goals on 40 shots.

Trailing by a goal, Florida tied the game at the 14-minute mark of the third period after a left circle faceoff win saw Jesse Winchester tip in a Nick Bjugstad shot. Boston, though, took a 3-2 lead with under a minute left as a broken play saw the puck get through several players in front, with Smith backhanding it in from the left side for his first goal of the season.

Daniel Paille and Dougie Hamilton scored the other two goals, while Rask stopped 27 shots for the Bruins.

"Can't say I'm pleased with our game tonight," said Boston head coach Claude Julien. "We started letting up a bit and probably got away from our game, started getting a little cute."

Thursday's win marked the start of a three-game road trip for the Bruins, who will cap the swing Wednesday in Buffalo. Boston is 2-0-0 on the road so far this season.

10/19 10:32:25 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
MIA
CHA
Final
ATL 3
MIA 1
8th
CHC 5
ARI 2
 
6th
COL 6
SFG 5
 
5th
OAK 0
TEX 2
 
5th
SEA 0
HOU 2
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
7:07pm Tonight
TOR
BAL
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
MIN
7:10pm Tonight
BOS
NYY
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
7:00pm Tonight
MIA
CHA
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
DAL
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:00pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
Final
CHR 9
DUR 1