TAMPA - Winning a Stanley Cup takes blood, sacrifice and courage.
And not just at the end. It starts with the first round, the understanding, dedication and focus that is required to complete that first step in a two-month journey.
On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Lightning tapped into that experience in a Game 7 against perhaps the most difficult opponent they have faced in the postseason over the past two-plus years.
With one of their top stars stuck on the bench offering moral support and unable to play for most of the game, Tampa Bay dug into their bag of dirt and grime and put together one of...
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