TAMPA, Fla. – Franchises have no friends around the NHL.
So with it comes to seeking outside help at this time of the season, it’s the equivalent of approaching a neighbors front porch looking to borrow a cup of sugar only to have the door slammed shut and locked while the curtains are closed and the lights get turned about before even knocking on the door.
That was the case once again as Chicago did Tampa Bay no favors as the Boston Bruins skated in to the United Center for a Sunday matinee and came out with another victory to keep climbing the Atlantic Division standings.
There will be no help forthcoming for the Lightning. All they can do is protect their own house and hope it’s enough to keep the foundation of the season from crumbling around them.
For one more night, Tampa Bay stood its ground.
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