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Lightning players probably wonder what might have been

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Right about now, members of the Tampa Bay Lighting are probably kicking themselves.

They are talking to themselves, and sighing, and rolling their eyes over the opportunity they let slip away.

The Lightning, who were up 3-2 on the Pittsburgh Penguins, lost back-to-back games to get eliminated. Members of the team have probably reminded each other a few times of that in recent days as the Penguins have built a 3-1 lead over the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Granted, hockey – like most sports – is a game of matchups. Just because Team A beats Team B and Team B beats Team C doesn’t mean that Team A would beat Team C. Much of it is a matter of health and style and special teams.

Still, the Lightning missed an opportunity to play the Sharks for the championship of hockey. Everything else is conjecture. Still, the Lightning is left to wonder what a healthy lineup (Steven Stamkos had just returned, Anton Stralman was back and Ben Bishop was close) could have done against San Jose.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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