The last time the Bruins faced the Lightning, Tampa Bay landed at TD Garden on a 6-1-1 run and left with an embarrassing 8-1 defeat on its ledger.
Tonight the Bruins will try to spoil another Lightning hot streak.
However, the first-place Lightning will be focused on tonight’s game in Tampa not just with the intention of extending their current 6-0-2 run but also to avenge that Dec. 2 defeat in Boston.
“As a player, it doesn’t matter who you are, you remember the taste it leaves in your mouth, that embarrassment we left as a team and as an organization in Boston,” defenseman Brett Clark was quoted by Erik Erlendsson in today’s Tampa Tribune.
While the Bruins didn’t have much time to think about their rematch with Tampa Bay because they were in the midst of winning a shootout last night against Florida, the Lightning had Monday to practice in preparation for Boston.
The Lightning are also a different team now than the one that got spanked on Causeway Street because center Vinny Lecavalier has returned from injury. In six games since returning, the All-Star has posted 3-2-5 totals.
David Krejci, who scored twice last night, registered two goals as one of 12 point-scorers against Lightning in that rout earlier this month. You mix in superstar Steven Stamkos, who has scored four goals in his last five games, and tonight should be a showcase for scoring centers as much as it will be a chance for Tampa Bay to redeem itself.