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Former Lightning Coach John Tortorella poised to make history

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Tampa Bay Lightning fans will remember John Tortorella. In 2004, he coached the Lightning to their one and only Stanley Cup, defeating the Calgary Flames, four games to three. Trailing three games to two, Tampa Bay won Game 6 on the road and Game 7 at what was then the St. Pete Times Forum. Calling the games for ABC was Sarasota resident Gary Thorne, Bill Clement and John Davidson. Davidson and Tortorella would join forces in Columbus, Ohio a decade…

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Panthers/Lightning playoff matchup would ignite rivalry

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have what should be a natural geographic rival in the Florida Panthers. They are both in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. Shouldn’t this be a rivalry where checking opponents into the bench or five-minute fighting majors are part of the fabric of each game? Yes, but it isn’t yet. This could, and should change. The two teams have played each other 118 times since their first meeting in the 1993-94 season. None of those…

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