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Burns: 3 Things we learned from win No. 62

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Lightning's 6-3 win over the Bruins on Saturday afternoon

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning just completed the winningest season in National Hockey League history, their 62-win season matching the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for most victories all-time in the League.

Now, the real fun begins.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from win No. 61

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Lightning's 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs on Thursday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning are one step closer to matching the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for most victories all-time in National Hockey League history.

The Lightning collected their 61st win of the season Thursday night following a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena. The Bolts conclude the four-game regular season series against the Leafs with a 3-1-0 record.

Tampa Bay can tie the League record for victories in a season Saturday in the regular season finale at Boston.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a loss in Montreal

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Lightning's 4-2 loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tuesday's game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens was a tale of two teams in substantially different spots in the standings.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from losing the regular season home finale

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Lightning's 6-3 loss to the Capitals on Saturday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

As Jon Cooper often says after a regular season game, it's only one of 82.

Saturday night's loss to the Washington Capitals is one, however, the Lightning would like to forget.

And soon.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from rallying past the Bruins

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Lightning's 5-4 comeback win over the Bruins on Monday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

For those of you who maybe turned your TV off or left AMALIE Arena to beat the traffic after the Lightning fell behind 4-2 in the second period, you learned a valuable lesson Monday night:

Never count out the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a comeback bid coming up short

Bolts beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 4-3 loss to St. Louis on Saturday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay tried valiantly to rally during Saturday's road-trip-ending contest in St. Louis.

Unfortunately for the Lightning, a 1:15 stretch of the first period ultimately proved to be their undoing.

St. Louis scored three goals over that 75 second run of play midway through the opening period to stun the Bolts. Tampa Bay crept its way back into game and controlled the action through much of the second and third periods, but the early deficit proved to be too much to overcome against a St. Louis team fighting for its playoff life.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a comeback win in Carolina

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Lightning's 6-3 win over the Hurricanes on Thursday

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

No matter the circumstances or the insurmountable odds facing them, the 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning continue to just find ways to win.

The Lightning did it again at Carolina Thursday night. Coming off a physical, emotional victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals a night earlier, the Bolts should have been out of gas by the second half of the contest against the Canes playing the tail end of a back-to-back set. Instead, Tampa Bay kicked into high gear in the final frame, scoring four unanswered goals to overcome a 3-2 deficit entering the third and pull out a 6-3 win against a desperate Carolina team trying to hold onto its playoff position.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from making history

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Lightning's 4-1 victory over the Coyotes on Monday

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay Lightning fans will remember Monday's game against Arizona for the records and achievements the Bolts accomplished.

They probably won't recall too much about the action on the ice, which, let's face it, was a bit ho-hum for long stretches.

But none of that matters.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from outlasting the Caps

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Lightning's 6-3 win over the Capitals on Saturday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay established two more franchise records in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Washington Capitals, the first of three meetings between the two 2018 Eastern Conference finalists.

The Lightning picked up win No. 55 of the season to set a new record for victories in a season, bettering the old mark of 54 wins set a season ago. And the Bolts now have 114 points on the year, another team record for the most they've ever recorded in a season and one point more than the 113 they had last season.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a rally in the Motor City

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's come-from-behind win over Detroit on Thursday

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning have recorded victories just about every way possible in reaching a franchise high-tying 54 regular season wins.

Thursday's win in Detroit was another example. The Lightning fell behind 3-0 early in the second period, kept working to find their way back in the game, got on the scoreboard on Steven Stamkos' power-play goal later in the second period then scored four more consecutive goals in the third period to stun the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena for a 5-4 win.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from routing the Leafs

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Lightning's 6-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Monday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Following a 4-1 loss to the Bruins in Boston to close out the month of February, Tampa Bay goaltender Louis Domingue said the challenge the rest of the regular season for the Lightning was to prove to teams they can't play with the Bolts.

That message was delivered to the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from another win over Detroit

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 3-2 victory over Detroit on Saturday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning have gone nearly three full seasons without losing to Atlantic Division rival Detroit.

The Lightning extended their incredible run against the Red Wings Saturday at AMALIE Arena, securing a 3-2 victory for their 14th win in a row over the men from Michigan. The last time the Bolts dropped a regular season game to the Red Wings, Ben Bishop was Tampa Bay's No. 1 goaltender and Brayden Point was plying his trade in the Western Hockey League with Moose Jaw.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from getting shut out by the Wild

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Lightning's 3-0 loss to the Wild on Thursday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay ran into a desperate Minnesota team Thursday night at AMALIE Arena, the Wild hanging onto the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference coming into Tampa and looking to hold off challenges from hot-on-their-heels Colorado and Arizona.

The result was predictable yet unexpected for a Lightning team that has found a way to stay motivated down the stretch run of the regular season despite owning a massive lead over the rest of the National Hockey League.

Minnesota exited AMALIE Arena with a 3-0 victory behind a hat trick from Jason Zucker and a 25-save shutout effort by Lightning killer Devan Dubnyk.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from downing the Jets

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over Winnipeg on Tuesday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay's 5-2 victory over the Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night was one of the team's most impressive wins of the season.

Some uneven play had crept into the Lightning's game over the previous five contests, but, against the Jets, the Bolts were humming on all cylinders. Tampa Bay jumped in front just 1:34 in following Yanni Gourde's 18th goal of the season, extended its lead to 3-1 by the end of the second period and put the game out of reach midway through the third on Brayden Point's NHL-best 19th power-play goal of the season.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from dismissing Ottawa

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Lightning's 5-1 victory over the Senators

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Late in the second period of Tampa Bay's 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators Saturday night at AMALIE Arena, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was undercut behind the Ottawa goal, falling awkwardly and crashing hard into the back wall.

For a moment, Bolts nation held its breath as Stamkos remained down for a time, slowly rising to his feet and skating off under his own power but hunched over. Stamkos was picked up by the Fox Sport Sun broadcast mouthing "I'm fine" to Lightning assistant athletic trainer Mike Poirier as he sat on the bench. But when the Lightning went on a power play moments later, Stamkos was nowhere to be seen on the ice, Tyler Johnson taking his place in the right circle on the first unit.

A hush fell over AMALIE Arena for the remainder of the second period and through the intermission. An injury to a key player could be the one thing to derail this historic season. The fans' concern was alleviated, however, when Stamkos emerged from the tunnel for the start of the third and took the opening face-off of the period.

That scare was about the only drama during Saturday's contest.

The top-ranked team in the NHL did what it's supposed to do against the bottom-ranked team: win convincingly. Tampa Bay led 2-1 after the first period, 4-1 after two periods and put the game out of reach two minutes into the third period on Mikhail Sergachev's bomb from the right point.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a streak-ending loss in Boston

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Lightning's 4-1 loss to the Bruins on Thursday

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Both Tampa Bay and Boston entered their Atlantic Division heavyweight tilt Thursday night riding 14-game point streaks, the first time in NHL history two teams squared off while owning simultaneous point runs of 14 or more games.

Boston's streak lives on.

The Lightning's came to a jarring crash at TD Garden.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a ninth-consecutive win

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Lightning's 4-3 shootout victory over the Kings on Monday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning matched a franchise record for longest win streak following a 4-3 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings Monday night at AMALIE Arena, the Bolts earning their ninth-straight win.

Victory No. 9 didn't come easy for the Lightning, however.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from outlasting Buffalo

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Lightning's 2-1 shootout victory over the Sabres on Thursday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay didn't play one of its better games of the season Thursday night at AMALIE Arena versus the Buffalo Sabres.

Probably wasn't even in the top half of its performances.

Yet, here we are again, breaking down another Lightning victory, this one a 2-1 shootout win to improve to 47-11-4 (98 pts.).

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from sweeping a back-to-back

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning aren't just beating teams of late, and they've done plenty of winning having picked up their seventh victory in a row and 46th of the season following a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from another shutout win

Beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Lightning's 3-0 shutout of the Canadiens on Saturday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

For two periods, Tampa Bay and Montreal were locked in a tight, evenly-played contest with neither team able to penetrate the other's goal.

The Lightning's depth, however, took over in the third period, and the Bolts pulled away from the Canadiens for a 3-0 victory to sweep their three-game homestand and push their win streak to five games and point streak to nine contests.

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