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Lightning want to finish series tonight

"It's not a race to three," veteran center Brian Boyle said. "It's a race to four.''

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

"It's not a race to three," veteran center Brian Boyle said. "It's a race to four.''

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The Lightning have a chance to close out this first-round series with Detroit tonight in Game 5, holding a 3-1 series advantage.

But it knows from previous experience it won't be easy.

"It's not a race to three," veteran center Brian Boyle said. "It's a race to four.''

The Lightning played a record 26 games - of a possible 28 - in last year's playoffs, which may or may not have had an impact. There's a chance now with a win tonight to get potentially a week before the next series.

On a scale of 1-10, is rest a motivating factor?

"10," coach Jon Cooper said. "Any chance in the playoffs you can get a break, you want to take advantage of it."

More from morning skate: G Ben Bishop will start in net. Cooper wouldn't confirm his lineup, but it wouldn't be surprising to see them go 11 forwards and seven defensemen like in Game 4. Matt Taormina, who grew up in Detroit area, enjoyed his NHL playoff debut Tuesday, albeit in playing fewer than three minutes. Everyone was accounted for at today's morning skate. The black aces have arrived from AHL Syracuse and will practice at 1 p.m.

[Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2016 12:25pm]

    

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