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Afternoon hockey today in Tampa

It's an afternoon battle for the Bruins and Lightning today in Tampa as the teams have a 1:30 faceoff on NBC for Game Four at the St. Pete Times Forum. The Bruins have a 2-1 lead in the series and don't expect to make any lineup changes today. 

Here's a link to Boston coach's Claude Julien's pregame meeting with reporters at the noon hour. 

Meanwhile, the Lightning have to figure out a way to beat Tim Thomas if they want to stay in the series. After 10 goals in the first two games, a shutout at home was not what Tampa Bay expected. has the six questions facing the teams heading into Game Four.

Memo to NBC: You're not shipping this off to Versus to go to the Preakness pre-race babble if this one goes overtime. You learned your lesson from Sabres-Senators, circa 2007, right? RIGHT?

---Mike Harrington


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Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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