Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov

Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov, deciphering a tale of two stars tied to LTIR

TAMPA – Not that long ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning used patience and prudence to produce a Stanley Cup title.
Through the 65-day bubble experience for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Lightning let little distract them from the singular focus. If something went wrong, brush it off. If a call on the ice didn't go their way, skate away. If the Lightning fell behind in a game, stay focused.
Embrace the suck and dance in the rain. That was the motto.
So it was a bit unusual, 47 games into a 56-game season to see the Lightning sag for the second half of the opening period against Columbus on Thur...


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