TAMPA – It takes a lot for a hockey team to become hardened.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, well, their resolve has been forged in fire with the strength of titanium.
That process for the Lightning utilized plenty of hammering and cooling along the way to get to this point with an imposing will to put them on the cusp of securing a legacy few have reached in modern NHL history.
It wasn't an easy process.
For five years, the Lightning's run of success was measured only in their failures. Always close to greatness, right on that edge of turning talent into champions.
But time and time again it only ...
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