Once maligned for his postseason play

Once maligned for his postseason play, Nikita Kucherov “nearly unstoppable” for Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA – The Tampa Bay Lightning did not arrive in this position by accident.
Back in the league semifinal round for the fifth time in the past seven years doesn't just happen.
The run of success the Lightning have put together since 2014 was not built overnight. It's been a grueling, soul-crushing process to build a foundation constructed through the blood, bumps and bruises accented with the tears of disappointments and anger of embarrassment.
After dispatching of the Carolina Hurricanes in five games on Tuesday to emerge from the Central Division and in to the NHL semifinal for a date with ...


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