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Burns: 3 Things we learned from closing out the Devils

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 3-1 win in Game 5

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

In the lead up to Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal versus the Devils, the Lightning were adamant they didn't want to go back to New Jersey.

Win Game 5 and rest was the thinking.

The Lightning can sit back, kick their feet up and watch the other NHL playoff teams beat up on each other for a few days now.

Tampa Bay eliminated the Devils following a 3-1 victory in Game 5 Saturday at AMALIE Arena, the Lightning winning the series four-games-to-one.

The Bolts did it with defense, timely goals and shut down goaltending from Vezina Trophy finalist Andrei Vasilevskiy.

Tampa Bay awaits the winner of the Boston-Toronto series in the next round. The Bruins have a chance to clinch their series tonight in a home Game 5 too.

But the key is the Lightning can watch that outcome from the comfort of their homes.

And not while sitting on a plane bound for New Jersey for at least one more game with the Devils.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a Game 4 win in New Jersey

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 3-1 win in New Jersey

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

As the Tampa Bay Lightning filed into their locker room following a 3-1 victory in Game 4 Wednesday of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series versus the Devils, Takin' Care of Business blared from the locker room speakers.

Certainly, the Bolts took care of business in New Jersey in Game 4.

And they took control of the series.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a loss in New Jersey

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Lightning's 5-2 loss to the Devils in Game 3

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning played a pretty solid road game through two-plus periods of Game 3 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup versus the New Jersey Devils.

Numerous uncharacteristic and untimely penalties in the third period, however, proved to be too much for the Bolts to overcome.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from going up 2-0 over the Devils

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 5-3 win over New Jersey in Game 2

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning have never lost a playoff series after winning the opening two games, going 4-for-4.

They'll hope that stat holds up in the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a Game 1 victory

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 5-2 win over New Jersey

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

For a couple of months now, the Tampa Bay Lightning have been looking forward to playoff hockey.

Finally, Thursday, they got to experience playoff hockey once again.

Tampa Bay put together a solid, 60-minute performance to defeat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup. The Lightning jumped out to a 3-0 advantage, were tested when the Devils cut the lead to 3-2 but finished strong to close out the all-important series opener.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from losing in Carolina

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 3-2 overtime loss to Carolina

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning had a chance to win its third division title and second conference championship in franchise history with a regulation or overtime win Saturday night in Carolina.

The Bolts will have to wait one more day, however, to find out their fate.

The Lightning battled back from a two-goal deficit to force overtime, but the Hurricanes prevailed in the extra session, Elias Lindholm's goal :49 seconds in dashed the Bolts' last-ditch effort to win the Atlantic and East.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from shutting out Boston

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 4-0 win over the Bruins

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said it best after Tampa Bay's 4-0 shutout victory over the Boston Bruins Tuesday at AMALIE Arena.

"The first two periods was some of the best hockey we played all year and the third period we did a good job of shutting them down," Hedman summarized in the locker room following maybe the Bolts' biggest win of the season.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a loss to Nashville

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns breaks down the Bolts' 4-1 loss to Nashville

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Much like the Boston game three nights earlier, the Tampa Bay Lightning liked a lot about their game in an Easter Sunday tilt with the NHL-leading Nashville Predators at AMALIE Arena.

Unfortunately, for the Bolts, the solid play didn't translate to points in the standings.

The Lightning fell for the fourth time in their last five games following a 4-1 loss to the Predators. For two-plus periods, Tampa Bay arguably outplayed Nashville despite trailing 2-1 going into the second intermission.

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Burns: 3 things we learned from a bounce-back win in New York

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 7-3 win at Madison Square Garden

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning regained first place in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference after blowing out the New York Rangers 7-3 at Madison Square Garden Friday night, ending the Bolts three-game losing skid, tied for their longest of the season.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from listless loss to Arizona

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 4-1 loss to Arizona

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay learned its lesson about playing down to opponents with poor records last season when a 1-5-0 combined mark against the three worst teams in the NHL likely kept the Lightning out of a playoff position.

Or at least they thought playing down to their opponents was a thing of the past.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a hard-fought loss to the Devils

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 2-1 loss in New Jersey

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

If the postseason were to begin today, the New Jersey Devils would be the first-round opponent of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

That's certainly not welcome news from the Lightning, who were swept by the Devils in the regular season following Saturday's 2-1 loss in New Jersey.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a wild win against the Islanders

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 7-6 win in New York

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay's 7-6 victory over the New York Islanders at Barclays Center was not exactly the way the Lightning drew it up in their pregame preparation.

But they'll take the win just the same.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a comeback win over Toronto

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 4-3 win over Toronto

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Recap: TOR 3, TBL 4

Lightning score four straight in comeback win

Alex Killorn netted the Lightning's fourth unanswered goal of the game to help the team storm back from a 3-0 hole for a victory

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For nearly two periods, nothing went right for the Tampa Bay Lightning against Atlantic Division rival Toronto at AMALIE Arena Tuesday.

The Lightning turned the puck over with regularity. Passes missed the mark. Shots did too.

Toronto scored first with a little less than five minutes to go in the first period.

They extended the lead to 3-0 with a pair of goals in the second.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a bounce-back win over Edmonton

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 3-1 win over the Oilers

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

Tampa Bay was in a funk after an underwhelming display Saturday night against Boston in a critical Atlantic Division matchup, the Bruins leaving Tampa with a 3-0 win and pulling to within two points of the Lightning in the division race.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a blowout loss to Ottawa

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 7-4 loss to Ottawa

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

It's likely the Tampa Bay Lightning would rather just turn the page on Tuesday's ugly 7-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators at AMALIE Arena and move on to the next game.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from another shootout win

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 3-2 shootout win over the Canadiens

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning extended their win streak to five games and point streak to 10 games after prevailing 3-2 in a shootout against the Montreal Canadiens Saturday afternoon at AMALIE Arena.

That the Lightning needed extra time to defeat the Canadiens shouldn't come as a surprise.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a victory over the Rangers

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 5-3 win over the Rangers

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning again struggled to close out their opponent, getting outscored 2-0 in the third period by the New York Rangers Thursday night.

Fortunately for the Lightning, they played so well in the first two periods, the final 20 minutes were of little consequence.

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Burns: 3 things from another overtime win

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts 5-4 win vs. Florida

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

It's becoming a bit of a theme of late for the Tampa Bay Lightning

Hold a lead in the third period, watch it dissolve, go to overtime/a shootout and wait for Brayden Point to win the game.

The formula has proven to be successful, the Lightning going to overtime for the sixth-consecutive game (one shy of the NHL record of seven straight set by Edmonton in 2004 and Toronto in 2009 according to the Elias Sports Bureau) and coming out victorious in five.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from outlasting the Flyers

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 7-6 shootout victory over the Flyers

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

What a ho hum game that was, huh?

All kidding aside, the Lightning and the Flyers produced one of the most entertaining contests of the season in a rare Saturday matinee at AMALIE Arena, Tampa Bay outlasting Philadelphia 7-6 in a shootout in a game it rallied from multiple goals down two separate times.

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