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Lightning looks to close out Bruins in today’s Game 5

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.

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.

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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.

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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).

Contact Roger Mooney at Follow @rogermooney50