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Game 1: Lightning at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  May 14, 2011 10:02 AM

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Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will face off against the Lightning tonight. This is the first time the Bruins have appeared in the Eastern Conference final since 1992.

Patrice Bergeron (concussion) will not play tonight. Given that Bergeron has yet to practice with his teammates, it is unlikely he will dress for Game 2 on Tuesday.

Puck drop: 8 p.m.

Record: Lightning 0-0, Bruins 0-0

TV/radio info: Versus, 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Chris Kelly-Mark Recchi
Michael Ryder-Rich Peverley-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Tomas Kaberle-Adam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

Healthy scratches: Shane Hnidy

Projected Lightning lineup:

Ryan Malone-Steven Stamkos-Martin St. Louis
Simon Gagne-Vincent Lecavalier-Teddy Purcell
Sean Bergenheim-Dominic Moore-Steve Downie
Blair Jones-Nate Thompson-Adam Hall

Eric Brewer-Mattias Ohlund
Victor Hedman-Brett Clark
Mike Lundin-Marc-Andre Bergeron

Dwayne Roloson
Mike Smith

Storylines: Tonight will mark Tyler Seguin's NHL playoff debut. Seguin will be the first player since 1993 to play in a conference final after being a top-five pick the year before. Darius Kasparaitis was the last player to do so... NESN will have pregame coverage starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight... Tampa has won only four of 35 games at TD Garden in the team's history... Eric Brewer leads all playoff players with 43 blocked shots... Brad Watson and Dan O'Rourke will be the referees. Steve Miller and Pierre Racicot will be the linesmen.

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