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Sports Tampa Bay Lightning make most of second chance, eliminate Columbus Blue Jackets

07:11  20 august  2020
07:11  20 august  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The Tampa Bay Lightning 's shocking sweep at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets stung enough that coach Jon Cooper remembered how long ago it was. “We had 422 days to think about it, but who’s counting?” he told reporters. The Lightning , second -guessed last season for their quick

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COLUMBUS , Ohio — The Columbus Blue Jackets dumped the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 to complete what is arguably the most unlikely This is the Blue Jackets ’ 18th season in the NHL and the franchise hadn’t won a playoff series before sweeping the Stanley Cup favorite Lightning in the

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“We had 422 days to think about it, but who’s counting?” he told reporters.

The Lightning, second-guessed last season for their quick exit after a record-tying 62 wins, landed the Blue Jackets again as a first-round opponent, and this time, they advanced, winning Game 5 in overtime Wednesday.

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"We got a second chance, and often times, you don’t get that second chance, and it’s what you do with it," Cooper said.

The Blue Jackets were a different team, losing Sergei Bobrovsky, Artemi Panarin and Matt Duchene to free agency. But they were tenacious as usual, and got strong play from Pierre-Luc Dubois and goalie Joonas Korpisalo.

a group of baseball players that are standing in the snow: Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov talks to Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo after Game 5. © John E. Sokolowski USA TODAY Sports Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov talks to Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo after Game 5.

But the Lightning also changed, adding gritty players Pat Maroon and Barclay Goodrow and strengthening their depth with Blake Coleman, Kevin Shattenkirk and Zach Bogosian.

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Though Tampa Bay won in five games, it still was a challenge, including a five-overtime game won by the Lightning in Game 1. On Wednesday, the Lightning fell behind 4-2 in the third period after once leading 2-0 but rallied to tie and won on a Brayden Point goal.

Point had two overtime goals in the series and seven points overall, after getting just one point in the series last season. Nikita Kucherov, who was limited to two assists last year and was suspended one game, also had seven points. Plus, the Lightning had Victor Hedman for the full series after he missed two games last season.

"You give the players a framework, but in the end, we left it to them, and they rose to the occasion," Cooper said. "I couldn’t be more proud of them."

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After going through the handshake line, Cooper pumped his fist in celebration.

“If you saw that, you'll pretty much know how I felt," he said.

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