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Tampa Bay Lightning (54-23-5)


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@ NJ
L 2-5
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W 3-1
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NJ 0 - 1 TB
3rd Pd 13:40
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Lightning go for closeout against Devils

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jon Cooper isn't looking ahead by any means, but the Tampa Bay coach fully recognizes the opportunity to rest his team if the Lightning can close out their opening-round series with the New Jersey Devils by winning Game 5 on Saturday afternoon at Amalie Arena.

"If you have a chance to win a series, do it," Cooper explained Friday with his team staked to a 3-1 series lead after a 3-1 win on Wednesday night in Newark. "It's the travel, it's the wear. Just to get the mental and physical rest, to sit around and hope all the other series go deep. If you have this opportunity, you hope to take advantage of it."

The Lightning have looked like the Eastern Conference's top seed in building a 3-1 lead against the Devils, who had won all three regular-season meetings with Tampa Bay.

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Leaders
Points: N. Kucherov100
Plus/Minus: Y. Gourde34
Shots on Goal: N. Kucherov279
PIM: S. Stamkos72
Win: A. Vasilevskiy44
Shutouts: A. Vasilevskiy8
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 290 (1)
Shots: 2680 (12)
PP%: 23.9% (3)
Penalty Minutes: 753 (9)
Assists: 497 (1)
SH Goals: 9 (9)
Standings
Atlantic Division
  W L OTL Pts
xyz-Tampa Bay 54 23 5 113
x-Boston 50 20 12 112
x-Toronto 49 26 7 105
Florida 44 30 8 96
Detroit 30 39 13 73
Montreal 29 40 13 71
Ottawa 28 43 11 67
Buffalo 25 45 12 62
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 234 (19)
Shots Against: 2683 (9)
PK%: 76.1% (28)
Penalty Minutes: 783 (7)
Shutouts: 8 (4)
Sv%: 0.913 (8)
Injuries
Date Player Status
4/14 R. Callahan Upper-body injury (day-to-day)
3/27 A. Erne Lower-body injury (day-to-day)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/19 M. Bournival Contract extended One-year contract extension
4/19 M. Peca Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL
4/19 O. Somppi Signed Three-year, entry-level contract
4/15 M. Peca Called up from minors from Syracuse-AHL
4/1 C. Foote Signed Three-year, entry-level contract
3/17 L. Domingue Called up from minors from Syracuse-AHL
3/13 L. Domingue Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL
3/12 P. Budaj Called up from minors from Syracuse-AHL (conditioning)
3/5 P. Budaj Sent to minors Syracuse-AHL (conditioning)
3/1 A. Cirelli Called up from minors from Syracuse-AHL
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