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Tampa Bay Lightning defensive effort takes a step back in the rebuild

Tampa Bay Lightning defensive effort takes a step back in the rebuild

TAMPA - Since getting drubbed in Sunrise just over a week ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning built up their defensive game to more recognizable levels in the four games since.
Saturday against the Boston Bruins was, uh, not one of those games.
Perhaps coming off the emotional return of Nikita Kucherov and his magical performance, it was part of a let down. Maybe seeing Ryan McDonagh scratched from the lineup, just as the team appeared to be getting to full health for the first time this year, led to a sag.
Or maybe, perhaps, Boston is a better team than the Lightning expected to face after seeing th...

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