It's been awhile since the Tampa Bay Lightning have faced elimination

Tampa Bay Lightning do exactly what they knew they couldn’t to open up NHL semifinal round

TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Lightning played right into the game plan of the New York Islanders to open the NHL Semifinal round series.
Coming into the series, the Islanders made it known that the Lightning were going to have to beat New York because the Islanders were not going to beat themselves.
That's the Islanders way. Wait. And wait. And wait some more. Then pounce at the right moment.
The Islanders play patient to the point of inducing drowsiness in their opponent all the while staying wide awake.
This is not a surprise. It's how the Islanders played last year when the two teams squared off ...


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