Five things the Lightning need to win Game 7

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:44 PM ET

Five things the Lightning needs to do to win Game 7.

1. Keep the power play clicking. Special teams were the difference in Game 6 Wednesday with the Tampa Bay Lightning breaking through by going 3-for-4 with the man advantage. The Bolts were just 2-for-18 in the previous five games. A key was having sharpshooter Steven Stamkos work free for his one-timer from the left wing circle. The Bruins might want to think about having a guy stand there.

2. Get another big game out of Martin St. Louis. The guy just keeps adding to his reputation as a stud when it counts. St. Louis wasn't happy with his Game 5 showing and went out and had two goals and an assist in Game 6. He knows what it takes: He and captain Vincent Lecavalier won a Game 7 to capture the Cup in 2004.

3. Keep the Bruins power play at bay. The Bruins finally scored a power-play goal on the road in Game 6, getting their first one on their 26th chance of these playoffs. They are just 3-for-24 in this series overall. If the Bolts can kill some early Bruins power plays in Game 7, it will be a huge momentum shifter.

4. Trust in Rolie the Goalie. After being given Game 5 off to rest up, Dwayne Roloson did about the minimum he had to do to get the Bolts the win in Game 6, moving his record in elimination games to 7-0. He allowed four goals on just 20 shots, but at this time of year there's only one stat that matters and that's the "W."

5. Keep winning faceoffs. Form held in Game 6: The team that was better in the faceoff circle won the game, continuing a pattern that has been consistent through this series. The gap was the narrowest it has been, though, with the Lightning winning 52% of the draws in Game 6, led by Dominic Moore (64%).

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