The unexpected move pulled off by Tampa Bay Lightning to open free agency and what it means

Forces of nature collide for what lines up to be intense second round matchup

RALEIGH, N.C. – One of the stereotypes of playoff hockey involves face-washing, head locks and few additional shoves after whistles blow.
That's part of trying to establish a presence, letting the other team know they will not push them around. Both teams want to make sure that message gets across.
Often times, that sort of takes away from the action that takes place between the whistles - the actual hockey part.
Tampa Bay's first game in the opening round series against Florida had plenty of that taking place. In Game 1 between Colorado and Vegas, it went off the rails toward the end of a blo...


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