RALEIGH, N.C. - The eyes of the hockey world focused in on Raleigh, North Carolina, Sunday afternoon, peering directly at the Tampa Bay Lightning.
A team that has reached three consecutive Stanley Cup Finals, winning a pair of titles, sat in the midst of a season-long winless streak looked to avoid the longest such streak in nearly a decade. And just 24 hours earlier, head coach Jon Cooper stood in front of cameras and explained his reasoning behind benching the team's top three forwards - Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point - for the third period.
On Sunday, in front of a nati...
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