Tampa Bay Lightning suffer a case of the egg nogs out of Christmas break

TAMPA - Funny thing, momentum.

When you have it, you want to keep riding the wave. When you don't have it, stepping away briefly can be a welcome relief.

Heading into the league-mandated, three-day break for Christmas, the Tampa Bay Lightning were riding the wave of a three-game winning streak. During the time off, the momentum the Lightning gained crashed to the surface.

Tampa Bay tried to build their game up as Wednesday's game - the first coming out of the break - went along, but the wave just didn't materialize. And just when it felt like the Lightning were set to get things movi...


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