The Tampa Bay Lightning will sit and wait for their second-round opponent after dismissing the New Jersey Devils in the first round. The Lightning advance to the second round for the third time in the past four seasons and will face either the Bruins or the Maple Leafs.
The Bolts’ Nikita Kucherov is tied for second in the NHL with five goals and five assists for 10 points. The high-flying forward has also established a franchise record for most points in a postseason series and now has 27 goals and 25 assists for 52 career points in the playoffs.
If Tampa faces Boston in the next round, the Bruins won the only postseason meeting between the clubs in the 2011 Eastern Conference finals en route to the Stanley Cup. The Lightning and Maple Leafs have never met in the playoffs.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy will occasionally point out to the Bruins what else is going around the league, but there was no mention prior to Saturday’s Game 5 against the Maple Leafs that the Lightning are waiting.