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Details matter in defensive playoff games, Tampa Bay Lightning had a key breakdown

SUNRISE - A little matinee hockey to open the 2024 playoffs felt a lot like being caught between breakfast, brunch and lunch.

Nobody seemed to have the right feel for how the menu was supposed to look like. The end result showed just that because while it was the opening postseason game for both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers, it might was well have been the swing game of the Eastern Conference final.

The first game of the postseason is supposed to mirror that two teams looking to feel each other out a little bit, the commitment to playing defense is supposed to look m...

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