The fourth win in a series is always the toughest. So, say those who have been in position to clinch a series victory.
The Lightning is in that position with a 3-1 lead over the Bruins in this best-of-seven series that continues this afternoon with Game 5 at Amalie Arena. Puck drop is 3 p.m.
Some Game 5 notes:
The Lightning is 9-9 all-time in Game 5s. It is 4-1 all-time in Game 5s when holding a 3-1 lead. It has never lost a series in which it led 3-1. It is 5-3 in Game 5s under coach Jon Cooper and 6-3 all-time in Game 5s played at home.
One more win and the Lightning advance to its third Eastern Conference Finals in four years.
The Bruins are 7-15 all-time in Game 5s when trailing 3 games to 1. They are 0-22 all-time when trailing 3-1 in a series.
The Lightning closed out the Devils in the first round in five games with a 3-1 victory in Game 5.
This will be the eighth game (regular season included) between the Lightning and Bruins. The team that scored first has won the first seven.
The Lightning are 7-0 this postseason when scoring at least three goals. It has won 12 straight postseason games when scoring at least three times.
F Yanni Gourde has four points this series (goal and three assists). He has six points in the postseason and is tied with Paul Ranger (2-4, 6 points) and teammate Nikita Kucherov (1-5, 6 points) for the most playoff points by a Lightning rookie in franchise history.
C Steven Stamkos has goals in consecutive playoff games since Games 2 through 5 of the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals vs. the Rangers.
C Brayden Point leads the Lightning in scoring this series with six points (two goals, four assists). D Victor Hedman is second in scoring for the Lightning this series with five points, all assists. He has at least one in all four games.
G Andrei Vasilevskiy is ranked eighth during the playoffs in both goals-against average (2.33) and save percentage (.923).
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