Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/25/13
As far as playoff implications go, the Bruins’ final three games do have huge significance. It remains to be determined whether the B’s will beat out Montreal for the Northeast Division crown and the No. 2 seed, but they are guaranteed a spot in the postseason. Boston would certainly like to gain some momentum heading into the playoffs, though, as the team has dropped five of its last six games entering Thursday night. Their next opponent will be the Tampa Bay Lightning, and this is a very different Bolts squad than the one that came within a game of the Stanley Cup Final just two years ago. With just 40 on the season, Tampa Bay sits second to last in the Eastern Conference. The Lightning do boast the third-best offense in the league, however, with Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos ranking first and second, respectively, in points. For a closer look at the tilt between the soon-to-be division foes, check out the video above.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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