The season is not dead, although it’s likely over for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
But here’s the thing, that’s what many – and I’ll point the finger at myself a little as well – thought when the Lightning came out of the All-Star break and dropped consecutive games to Boston and Ottawa. It felt like must-win games at that point, and they lost them both.
It dropped the Lightning to 15th in the 16-team Eastern Conference standings at the time.
The season looked lost then, even if the gap between Tampa Bay and the final playoff spot was eight points at the time. Steven Stamkos was out, Ryan Callahan suffered a setback in his recovery from hip surgery.
And yet . . . .
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