Tampa Bay Lightning have their moment, but Florida flexed it away

TAMPA - The path to the second round of the postseason for the Tampa Bay Lightning always felt like it was going to be littered with pot holes, detours and hazards.

Now, it's all but a road block.

In order to clear some of the debris that fell in their way in Sunrise, the Tampa Bay Lightning needed to come out of the first home game of the playoffs with a win. Didn't matter how they got there, but destination needed to be a victory.

The first two games of the series were close on the scoreboard with identical 3-2 loss for Tampa Bay, including an overtime setback in Game 2. But make n...


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