"When you see them attack, they are ferocious. Everything is thrown at the net. Everything goes to the net. There may be some occasions where there is some peripheral stuff, but it's always a direct line. So you have a tremendous skill package and speed package up front, and you have a good disciplined system in the back." - Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli,on the Lightning
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Bruins coach Claude Julien and Lightning coach Guy Bouchermet at coaching clinics in Quebec and then knew each other as opponents in 1996-97 in the Quebec Major Junior League. Julien coached Hull, and Boucher was an assistant for Rouyn-Noranda. "He's a good coach," Julien said of Boucher. "He has his own style, a different style, and the Lightning is a very good hockey team."
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Lightning G Dwayne Roloson, who leads the playoffs with a 2.01 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage, and Bruins G Tim Thomas, right behind him at 2.03 and .937, traded compliments this week. "The reason why he's been able to have so much success for so long in the NHL is because he's been able to adapt his game to the way the NHL has developed," Thomas said of Roloson, 41. "For a while he developed himself into a total butterfly goalie because that's what the game called for. But now, with the new NHL, it's opened up a lot. You've had to adapt to that, and he's been able to do that." Said Roloson of Thomas, "His numbers don't lie. He's a great goalie. He's the reason the Bruins are where they are. He's one of those guys who will never quit on a puck. For us to beat him, it's going to be a challenge."
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Number of the day
38 Lightning goals, most in the playoffs
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Eastern Conference final tickets for Games 3 and 4 and a potential Game 6 at the St. Pete Times Forum go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the box office and via Ticketmaster (outlets, ticketmaster.com, toll-free 1-800-745-3000).
East final schedule
Game 1: Saturday, at Boston, 8, Versus
Game 2: Tuesday, at Boston, 8, Versus
Game 3: May 19, at Tampa Bay, 8, Versus
Game 4: May 21, at Tampa Bay, 1:30, Ch. 8
Game 5: May 23, at Boston, 8, Versus*
Game 6: May 25, at Tampa Bay, 8, Versus*
Game 7: May 27, at Boston, 8, Versus*
Radio: All games on 970-AM except Game 4, which is on 620-AM.