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Tampa Bay can be upbeat, even after dropping two straight to Boston. Pittsburgh went up 3-1 during the conference quarterfinals by winning two in a row over the Lightning, who then swept the final three games.

“It’s a big bear … you don’t want to go down 3-1,” Tampa Bay LW Ryan Malone said with a smile. “Our team has character. We faced adversity all season. Another big challenge. There’s no panic.”

NOTES: Boston C Patrice Bergeron said he was “feeling good” a day after returning from a concussion that kept him out of Games 1 and 2. “He looked like a guy who never missed a game,” Julien said. “That was impressive.” … Tampa Bay D Pavel Kubina, out since the first game of the conference semifinals against Washington when his head went into the glass on a hit, hasn’t resumed skating.