Despite rocky road, Lightning still matters

by Gary Shelton on March 9, 2016 · 1 comment

in general, Tampa Bay Lightning

Ben Bishop has allowed the Lightning to become a defensive club./JEFFREY KING

Ben Bishop has allowed the Lightning to become a defensive club./JEFFREY KING

Wednesday, 6 a.m.

It has been a while since they mattered, a while since the sparks seemed to fly every time they went down the ice. It has been a while since the coming post-season held any promise at all

Perhaps you have forgotten the fabric of a playoff game, the electricity. Perhaps you have forgotten the breathless, edge-of-your-seat, bordering-on-a-lack-of-control moment.

Perhaps you have forgotten the low scores, and the impenetrable goalkeepers, and the struggle for open ice, and the way a loss can break your heart. Perhaps you have forgotten the pace, and the noise, and the tension. The feel.

At first glance, it feels, well, like this.

In hockey, there are defeats that leave you wonder why and defeats that leave you wanting more. Monday night's loss to

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Barry McDowell March 9, 2016 at 5:43 pm

This team seems to be way too inconsistent to go deep in the playoffs–let’s hope I’m wrong.

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