Tampa Bay Lightning hit pot hole of futility not crossed in eight years

St. Louis - It's that time of year for faith to be tested. Only, the Tampa Bay Lightning reached that period much earlier this season than usual.

Normally, the type of trepidation the Lightning elicit from their current state of play comes in February or March when the playoffs are just far enough away to feel like the season will collapse. But it's only November. The season is only 16 games deep.

Yet, the panic button is sitting within reach and plenty wonder if it's time to press it down with force.

For the third consecutive game on Tuesday, the Lightning lost in regulation. For t...


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