DENVER - A 1,549-mile flight to land 5.280 feet above sea level is enough to give anybody the go-slows the next day.
A National Hockey League team making that trip, however, can't allow jet lag or altitude to creep into their game because entering Ball Arena a step behind can be like trying to step on to a treadmill that is moving at 15 mph and angled up 10-degrees. That first step is going to send you reeling in a backward direction before you can find the right footing and speed.
That's exactly what happened to the Tampa Bay Lightning on a night that had more of a feel than just a midseason ...
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