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Lightning finish their season with a win, but must watch the playoffs

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The Tampa Bay Lightning barely missed the playoffs. In some ways, that makes it more difficult. The Lightning wrapped up their regular season Sunday evening, beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-2. That left the team with 94 points, one behind both Toronto and Boston. Brayden Point scored two goals in the finale. Defensemen Victor Hedman and Braydon Coburn also scored for Tampa Bay. “It’s hard to digest right now because it’s been less than 24 hours since we’ve known that we…

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Lightning defeats Toronto to remain alive in playoff scramble

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Still, the Tampa Bay Lightning has a pulse. The Lightning, clinging to hope in the NHL Eastern Conference wild-card chase, beat the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday night, 4-1. Toronto leads the Bolts and New York Islanders by three points. “It’s about just keeping it kind of in your hands,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “You can’t sit here and look at what the Leafs are doing or what the Islanders are doing. You just look at what you’re doing. And…

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Victor Hedman scores in overtime as Lightning wins another

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Just like that, they’re back in it. The torrid Tampa Bay Lightning won again Monday night, beating the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in overtime to tie – momentarily, at least – the New York Islanders for the last wild-card slot with 77 points. Victor Hedman scored the winning goal for the Bolts, taking a perfect pass from Ondrej Palat and scoring with 55 seconds left in the overtime. Brayden Point had scored the first goal for Tampa Bay. Andrei Vasilevski continued…

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Rookie Brayden Point leads the Lightning as its hot streak continues

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So how did you spend your 21st birthday? Odds are, Brayden Point has you beat. On Monday night, the rookie Point took over Madison Square Garden, scoring two goals to lead the Lightning to a 3-2 victory and brought the team to within one point of the final wild-card spot. Point scored in the first and third periods, bringing his season total to 11 goals. “I know this is cliché, it’s been used a million times, but he’s a hockey…

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