Will tonight be the night?
With a win in any of their next three games, the Lightning will advance to the Eastern Conference final for the fourth time in six seasons.
Tampa Bay made it as far as the Stanley Cup final in 2015 before losing to the Blackhawks. The Lightning were eliminated in the conference final by the Penguins in 2016 and Capitals in 2018.
So, why wait?
The Lightning can bounce the Bruins from the conference semifinals for the second time in three seasons and turn their attention to the Flyers or Islanders as soon as tonight’s Game 5 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
But it won’t be easy. With Boston’s season hanging by a thread, the Lightning know they will get the Bruins’ best effort.
Follow along with us, starting at 7 p.m., as the Lightning look to move one round closer to a potential Stanley Cup.
FINAL SCORE: Lightning 3, Bruins 2 (2OT)
Ondrej Palat with a great chance from in front, but Jaroslav Halak closes off the bottom half of the net.
Charlie McAvoy shot goes wide with Brad Marchand in front of the net.
Marchand shot goes off of Luke Schenn.
Diving play by Barclay Goodrow prevents a scoring opportunity for David Pastrnak.
Kevin Shattenkirk shot through a screen hits Pat Maroon in front of the net.
Mikhail Sergachev with a great play to keep the puck and Joakim Nordstrom away from the net after Vasilevskiy gets caught behind the net.
Halak makes a pad save on a Cernak blast from the right circle.
Hedman drifts in from the lower left circle, but Halak holds his ground.
Sergachev shot tipped up over the net by Coleman.
Lightning win! Victor Hedman shoots through Brandon Carlo’s legs with Patrick Maroon providing a screen in front with 5:50 left in the second overtime.
Victor Hedman will start the period in the penalty box for four seconds.
Still no NIkita Kucherov for the Lightning.
Lightning complete the penalty kill.
Vasilevskiy kicks away an Ondrej Kase shot from the lower right circle.
Boston long period of sustained pressure in the Lightning zone.
Zach Bogosian with a couple of nice blocks during the shift.
Brad Marchand spins away from Erik Cernak, but the puck rolls off his stick as he tries to go to his forehand.
Vasilevskiy stops Charlie Coyle blast from the right circle.
Bogosian with a nice poke check off Marchand’s stick.
Barclay Goodrow with a chance from the slot, but Jaroslav Halak makes the stop.
Bruins ice the puck, resulting in a faceoff in their end.
Lightning power play! David Krejci penalized for tripping Alex Killorn with 9:33 left.
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Yanni Gourde taking Kucherov’s spot on the power play, after Cirelli played there earlier in the game.
Groude drive from right circle stopped by Halak.
Tyler Johnson fires a shot from the left circle that goes off Cirelli’s stick.
Kevin Shattenkirk shoots from the right point.
Bruins kill the penalty.
Charlie Coyle with a backhand chance while driving to the net, but get it past Vasilevskiy.
Vasilevskiy stops McAvoy and Par Lindholm on back-to-back dangerous chances.
McDonagh throws a shot on net from near the goal line, but Halak seals off the net.
Pat Maroon shot from the slot goes wide.
Killorn wrister from the right circle blocked by Halak.
Long pass for David Pastrnak broken up by Shattenkirk.
Barclay Goodrow intercepts a pass at the Boston blue line, but Matt Grzelcyk plays the puck away from him.
Nikita Kucherov, who missed the final seven minutes of the first and second periods after being hit in the mouth with a stick, is not on the Lightning bench to start the third period.
Andrei Vasilevskiy closes off the right side of the net as Jake DeBrusk shoots from near the goal line.
Anthony Cirelli on a breakaway, but Cirelli makes a pad save on his shot from the left circle.
Vasilevskiy with a pad save on Karson Kuhlman.
Halak stops Palat off the rush.
Cedric Paquette and Joakim Nordstrom mix things up after Paquette hit leaves McAvoy facedown in the corner. No penalty is called. McAvoy heads to the Boston locker room.
Marchand circles behind Lightning net and passes to Patrice Bergeron in the slot, but Bergeron’s shot is blocked by Erik Cernak.
Palat shot from left circle wide of the net.
Lightning goal! Anthony Cirelli redirects Victor Hedman shot from the point after a Brayden Point faceoff win. 7:57 remaining. Lightning 2, Bruins 1.
McAvoy is back on the Bruins bench.
Bruins goal. A Zdeno Chara shot deflects off Ondrej Palat’s stick to David Krejci, who sweeps the puck into an open net with about 2-1/2 minutes remaining. Lightning 2, Bruins 2.
Victor Hedman penalized for tripping Ondrej Kase with 1:56 remaining.
And we’re headed to overtime (again).
Nikita Kucherov is back on the Lightning bench after missing the final seven minutes of the first period.
Kevin Shattenkirk centering pass for Kucherov in the slot deflects off Kucherov’s skate.
Brayden Point prevents a Brad Marchand scoring chance, then sets up Ondrej Palat at the other end of the ice. Jaroslvav Halak makes a pad save on Palat’s one-timer from in front of the net.
Ryan McDonagh hits Ondrej Kase near the side boards.
Halak grabs Bogosian shot from the top of the right circle.
Luke Schenn, Cedric Paquette and Anthony Cirelli each block Bruins shots.
Lightning goal! Ondrej Palat, positioned in the slot, redirects a Kevin Shattenkirk shot from the point past Halak with 15:39 left in the period. The goal is Palat’s fifth in the past four games. Lightning 1, Bruins 0.
Vasilevskiy fights off a high shot from Chara.
Boston pushing back with a couple of good chances after the Lightning goal.
Vasilevskiy stops Jack Studnicka chance from in close.
Vasilevskiy with a great save on Anders Bjork wrist shot.
Kucherov penalized for tripping Charlie McAvoy in the neutral zone.
Blake Coleman stops Brad Marchand as he drives to the net, and Lightning clear the puck.
Lightning wins a faceoff and gets the puck back out.
Pad save by Vasilevskiy on Torey Krug shot from left circle.
Bruins goal. Wide-open David Pastrnak blast from left faceoff dot easily beats Vasilevskiy after cross-ice pass from David Krejci. Lightning 1, Bruins 1.
Palat has great chance from right of Bruins net, but Halak makes the stop with his left pad. Moments later, Bogosian rings a shot off the post.
Vasilevskiy absorbs Charlie McAvoy shot from the right circle.
Kucherov is no longer on the Lightning bench.
Matt Grelcyk penalized for hooking Barclay Goodrow with 3:47 left in period.
So much for that power play. Yanni Gourde penalized for hooking McAvoy 43 seconds later.
Vasilevskiy turns aside Ondrej Kase shot from the right circle.
Mikhail Sergachev blocks a Torey Krug shot.
Bruins ice the puck while on the power play.
Lightning kill the short Boston power play.
Yanni Gourde’s line opens against Boston’s Perfection Line.
Brayden Point sets up Nikita Kucherov in front of the Bruins net with a beautiful backhand pass, but Kucherov’s shot hits the post.
Jaroslav Halak stops an Alex Killorn snap shot from the right of the net after a couple of sharp passes from Tyler Johnson and Anthony Cirelli.
Andrei Vasilevskiy catches Ondrej Kase wrist shot from right circle.
Ondrej Palat with a great opportunity from the lower left circle, but Matt Grzelcyk deflects his shot up out of play.
Gourde’s line out there again against the Patrice Bergeron line. Cirelli’s line had been matched up against Bruins’ top line earlier in the series.
Vasilevskiy stops back-to-back wrist shots from Charlie Coyle and Anders Bjork.
Kucherov intercepts a pass deep in Boston’s zone but passes up an open shot to pass back to Palat.
Point shot from right circle goes off Halak.
Lots of good chances for both teams, but Vasilevskiy and Halak so far keeping them out of the net.
Wow! Vasilevskiy gloves Coyle shot off the rush after Coyle had gotten around a sliding Kevin Shattenkirk.
Uh-oh. Zach Bogosian shoots from the top of the right circle, and Zdeno Chara and Kucherov are down on the ice.
Chara clipped Kucherov up high with his stick, and receives a double minor. Kucherov heads to the locker room. Lightning get a four-minute power play.
Lightning without a shot for first 2:51 of power play.
Bruins kill the penalty.
Barclay Goodrow penalized for hooking David Pastrnak with 2:14 to play in the period.
Pastrnak fires wide from the left circle.
Ryan McDonagh blocks a Pastrnak shot and a Bruins pass.
Lightning kills the penalty.
Bruins outshoot the Lightning 8-5 in the period.
Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who has been out the past three games, and forward Alex Volkov, who has yet to play in the postseason, are on the ice for pregame warmups.
Defenseman Braydon Coburn is not out on the ice.
Volkov listed as a scratch on the pregame roster sheet, so Lightning likely will go with 11/7 lineup again, with McDonagh in for Coburn.
Indeed, they will.
Steven Stamkos remains out with a lower body injury.
Andrei Vasilevskiy and Jaroslav Halak again get the starts in goal.
Nick Ritchie and Chris Wagner, two of Boston’s more physical players, are scratched.
Center Sean Kuraly is out of Bruins lineup for a second straight game.