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TAMPA BAY at BOSTON, SATURDAY

March 16, 2004|HELENE ELLIOTT

The Lightning is having a remarkable season, with NHL scoring leader Martin St. Louis (34 goals, 85 points) leading the way. The team is also getting key contributions from young center Brad Richards (22 goals, 68 points) and franchise player Vincent Lecavalier, who has 29 goals and 59 points. John Grahame (1.99 goals-against, .913 save percentage) and Nikolai Khabibulin (2.31, .911) are a strong goaltending tandem. The only question is whether Tampa Bay peaked too early. The Bruins are on a 5-1-2-1 surge, fueled by the acquisition of creative defenseman Sergei Gonchar from Washington. The Mike Knuble-Joe Thornton-Glen Murray line continues to carry most of the scoring burden, but Martin Lapointe has managed 13 goals. Goalie Andrew Raycroft (1.99, .929) deserves to be rookie of the year.

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