Patrice Bergeron

Lightning back in East final for third time in 4 years

The Tampa Bay Lightning know the grind.

Back in the Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years, the Atlantic Division winners led the NHL in scoring this season but have been even more impressive defensively through the first two rounds of the playoffs.

"I think if people looked at our team in the regular season ... we had the most goals scored in the league or close to it. So, we're kind of looked at as that team, the high-flying Bolts that can score and defense isn't really important to them," coach Jon Cooper said.

"To us, all along it has been (important). To win in the playoffs, you have to have that," Cooper added....

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