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Tampa Bay Lightning prevail in playoff-like December game with an unlikely shootout hero

Tampa Bay Lightning prevail in playoff-like December game with an unlikely shootout hero

TAMPA - Rarely do December meetings feel like May.
The weather is much different outside and the temperature inside tends to be a little less seasonal on the ice. The games don't have anywhere near the same meaning, the stakes are nowhere near as high and the teams are, shall we say, a little looser in their approach.
But Thursday's rematch of the Eastern Conference finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers had the feel of an eighth game from that series. The pace, the intensity, the determination on both sides was at a May level.
And the goaltending looked like a battle betw...

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