So, Boston heads into the St. Pete Times Forum with an opportunity to advance past the Lightning and into the team's first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 1990.
There, they'd face the Vancouver Canucks. And there, they'd play for a trophy they haven't hoisted since 1971-72, losing five straight opportunities since (once to the Philadelphia Flyers and twice each to the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers).
No doubting Thomas as series nears finish [Metro Boston]
With backs against the wall, Bolts are in familiar spot [Tampa Tribune]