BRANDON – The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning faced off against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Brayden Point dropped to the ice in celebration having scored a series-clinching overtime goal.
Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, as he headed to toward the locker room inside Scotiabank Arena, raised his arm and let out a fist pump as Tampa Bay moved past the first obstacle on the way to a Stanley Cup championship.
A little over a year removed from being swept by the Blue Jackets in the opening round of the playoffs, the Lightning slayed a demon that cast a shadow over the franchise for a 16 months.
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