Tampa Bay Lightning playoff position locked in

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Tampa Bay Lightning could have moved up in the standings, mathematically.

They needed some help to get there. But they also needed to take care of their own business to make it happen.

On Saturday afternoon - or was it an evening game? - in Washington, the Tampa Bay Lightning needed to get to a certain level of play to match that of an opponent looking to get to where the Lightning already are - in a playoff position.

The emotional level might have been where it needed to be, but the focus, well, the focus was a little blurry. And the way the game was played - ...


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