TAMPA - Maybe it was the rust.
It sure wasn't the rest.
Maybe it was the rhythm.
It sure looked out of synch.
The Tampa Bay Lightning opened up play in the Eastern Conference finals playing very much the role of a team that, in fact, had not played a game in more than a week. In hockey circles, a few days away from game action feels like waiting for Halloween when it's Easter. Ten days between games and it's looking forward to New Year's Eve on January 2.
No matter the case, the Lightning had the look of someone returning to work after an extended holiday back at the office raring to go, only...
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