The Boston Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. EST in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals series.
Here to help kick-off a collaboration with a “5 Burning Questions” preview, Tampa Bay Sports Examiner Althea Pashman sat down on the hot seat and gave us some insight on the Lightning and their tremendous run thus far this post season.
Mark Marino: 1. One huge boost throughout the post season for the Lighting has been their special teams. They lead all NHL teams with 12 power play goals, and a whopping 94-percent success rate on the penalty-kill — again, leading all playoff. Who are some of the PP and PK players to watch?
Althea Pashman: No doubt the PK has been superb during the playoffs having allowed just three goals in 54 opportunities for their opponents. Leading the way on the PK is defenseman Eric Brewer, acquired from the St. Louis Blues at the trade deadline. He’s bulked up the blue-line and his calmness on the PK and even during even-strength has been an asset. Despite just having six points, he leads the team in hits with 32, total ice-time averages over 26 minutes and his 43 blocked shots leads the league and team as well