Paquette, of all people, sparks Lightning

by Gary Shelton on January 29, 2015 · 0 comments

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The hats fall around Paquette, scoring machine/ANDREW J. KRAMER

The hats fall around Paquette, scoring machine/ANDREW J. KRAMER

TAMPA

For the night, at least, the playoffs don't look so frightening.

For the night, at least, they actually seemed kind of friendly. Warm. Cuddly. Welcoming.

Forget recent history, in fact, and you might be ready for them to start. Play them now, play them here, and you might like the chances of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Especially with new designated hitter Cedric Paquette.

The Lightning, coming off a crashing disappointment of a game against Carolina, once again looked like a legitimate contender on Tuesday night. Playing against the formidable Detroit Red Wings, the sons of Hockeytown, the Lightning clicked as smoothly, as efficiently as it has all season. It finished 5-1, perhaps because Paquette grew tired of dancing after goals, and sent shivers across the rest of the NHL.

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