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Lightning thinks it can play better against Pittsburgh in playoffs

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are 9-3 in the playoffs. They have discovered a beast in Nikita Kucherov. They have found a star of tomorrow in Jonathan Drouin. They have discovered defensive stability in Victor Hedman. And for the next trick of the Lightning? They want to be better. The Lightning were disappointed with its performance in a 3-2 overtime loss Monday night to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite not losing until the extra frame, the Bolts were outshot 41-21 and spent most of…

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Quick Lane Bowl teams played for the priorities

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It wasn’t a marquee bowl game, but that does not matter to the Minnesota Golden Gophers or their former and current coach. The first-year coach of the Central Michigan Chippewas was grateful to play in the game for personal and professional reasons. Minnesota, losers of their last even bowl games, came from behind, then hung on to beat the Chippewas 21-14 at Detroit’s Ford Field in the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday. The two teams had fewer wins than top-ranked…

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