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    Greg Wyshynski reacts to Tampa Bay's historic NHL playoff collapse

    Greg Wyshynski reacts to Tampa Bay's historic NHL playoff collapse. Plus, Kevin Seifert talks about the new formula used to make the NFL schedule.
    Greg Wyshynski reacts to Tampa Bay's historic NHL playoff collapse

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      The Lightning Could Make History For All The Wrong Reasons

      Less than a week ago, the Tampa Bay Lightning were heavy betting favorites to win the Stanley Cup, and for good reason. The Bolts entered the playoffs on the heels of one of the best regular seasons in NHL history. They tied the record for the most regular-season wins and finished with the fourth-highest point total in league history. Forward Nikita Kucherov scored 128 points and will almost surely win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player, and Steven Stamkos had the best season of his already illustrious career. As a team, the Bolts were unparalleled -- they paced the league in goals scored, power-play goals scored, shooting percentage and penalty kill percentage. If the team that Steve Yzerman built was ever going to acquire some silverware, this would surely be the year. Unfortunately for the Lightning, their astonishing regular-season form hasn't carried over to the postseason, and now they find themselves on the precipice of an unprecedented failure: If they lose Tuesday night in Columbus, they'll be the first Presidents' Trophy winners to be swept out of the first round of the postseason in history. Even if they aren't swept but merely lose the series, Tampa's collapse would be monumental -- devastating for any team but especially so for a club that's been knocking on the door of Stanley Cup glory for several years. How have...
      The Lightning Could Make History For All The Wrong Reasons

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          Tampa Turmoil

          The Lightning trail the Blue Jackets three games to none. Is it over? Plus, the Islanders are one game from eliminating the Penguins. Don chats with E.J. Hradek.
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            Lightning Letdown?

            Don La Greca recaps a blown lead by the Lightning, an OT win for the Islanders, a one-goal victory by the Blues and Stars, and the Sharks taking care of the Golden Knights.
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              The Lightning's Historic Dominance Won't Matter Without A Cup

              The Stanley Cup playoffs begin today, with the Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lighting entering as heavy betting favorites. And for good reason: Their regular season resume is impeccable. They earned 128 points by winning 62 games, placing them in a tie with the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the most regular-season wins in league history. En route to all those wins, the Bolts led the NHL in goals scored, powerplay goals scored, shooting percentage and penalty kill percentage and finished third in save percentage. Nikita Kucherov became the first player in more than a decade to register 120 or more points, and Steven Stamkos had the most productive season of his already immensely productive career. Tampa is a balanced juggernaut, and every other team should be very afraid of it. With all that said, it must be noted that regular-season dominance hardly guarantees postseason glory in the NHL. Of the 13 teams that have won the Presidents' Trophy since the lockout of 2004-05, just two have gone on to lift the Stanley Cup. And of the 10 regular-season winners to earn 120 or more regular-season points in league history, just four have gone on to win professional hockey's ultimate prize. Still, NHL favorites haven't had it all that bad since the lockout, especially when compared with the other three major North American men's leagues. Only NBA favorites have had better...
              The Lightning's Historic Dominance Won't Matter Without A Cup