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Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs square off in Game No. minus-1 before playoff meeting

TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Lightning hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, one week before the two teams matchup in the opening round of the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

In many ways, it was built up as a playoff preview.

But Tuesday night was not Game 1 of the series, it was definitely Game No. 81 for both teams. And for head coach Jon Cooper, the game played more like it was Game minus-one.

“There was zero intensity in that game,’’ Cooper said. “I'm telling you, there was none. It may look like it from the stands, but that was an exhibition game. It wasn't even a regular se...


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