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Burns: 3 Things we learned from beating Carolina

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts' 4-2 win over the Hurricanes on Tuesday

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Carolina Hurricanes came into Tuesday's contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning intent on proving their hot start to the 2018-19 season was no fluke and they'd be a challenger to the Eastern Conference throne. 

That may still be the case.

But following Tampa Bay's 4-2 win, the Lightning reminded the Canes why they're the defending regular season champs in the East.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a blowout win over Columbus

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts' 8-2 win over Columbus on Saturday

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

After scoring just two combined goals in their first two games, the Tampa Bay Lightning exploded offensively Saturday night versus Columbus, the Bolts putting up an eight spot in an 8-2 demolition of the Blue Jackets.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from the first loss of the season

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts' 4-1 loss to the Canucks

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

For two periods, the Tampa Bay Lightning appeared well on their way to picking up their second victory in as many games to start the 2018-19 season.

In a little over a minute of action in the third, though, Vancouver scored twice then added two empty-net goals for good measure to escape AMALIE Arena with a 4-1 victory.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a season-opening victory

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts' 2-1 shootout victory over the Panthers on Opening Night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning had waited four-and-a-half months to get back on the ice for a meaningful game following last season's Game 7 loss to the Washington Capitals.

Only fitting then that the Lightning gave the capacity crowd at AMALIE Arena some extra hockey in a 2-1 shootout win over the in-state rival Florida Panthers.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from winning the preseason finale

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts' 3-2 win over the Panthers on Saturday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

All things considered, the 2018 preseason was a success for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After a dismal 0-2 start, getting blown out a combined 10-2 by Carolina in two games, the Lightning improved with each outing, winning four of their final five preseason games, including the exhibition finale 3-2 Saturday night against the Florida Panthers in Sunrise.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from downing Florida

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts' 6-2 win over the Panthers in Orlando on Thursday

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

An announced crowd of 10,781 watched the Tampa Bay Lightning play their first game at Orlando's Amway Center since the 2013 preseason.

They were treated to a Lightning offensive explosion and the team's most complete game of the exhibition schedule.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a loss to Florida

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 3-2 loss to the Panthers

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

For 35 minutes, the Tampa Bay Lightning had their way with the Florida Panthers in preseason game No. 5 for both teams, the Bolts building a 2-0 lead and clamping down on the Panthers potent attack.

But Florida rallied in the third, catching the Lightning sleepwalking through the final period perhaps, and scored three unanswered goals to rally for a 3-2 victory.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a second preseason win over the Predators

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over Nashville on Saturday

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning have gotten progressively better since the start of the preseason.

After disappointing losses to Carolina at home and then in Raleigh a day later by a combined 10-2 score, the Lightning looked more like themselves in a 5-1 victory at Nashville on Friday.

That positive play continued Saturday at AMALIE Arena in a rematch with the Predators, the Bolts pulling away in the third period for a 5-2 victory to run their record to 2-2-0 in the preseason.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from Tampa Bay's first preseason victory

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts' 5-1 win in Nashville on Friday night

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning earned their first win of the preseason following a 5-1 drubbing of the Nashville Predators in Nashville.

After dropping their first two preseason games by a combined 10-2 score, the Lightning's effort in Nashville was closer to what Bolts fans have come to expect. Adam Erne scored the first two goals for the Lightning, including what would prove to be the game-winner at 9:06 of the first period, and Louis Domingue made 38 saves on 39 shots to pick up where he left off following a successful 2017-18 campaign backing up Andrei Vasilevskiy.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from a second preseason loss to Carolina

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps the Bolts' 6-1 loss to the Hurricanes on Wednesday

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

The preseason is off to a rocky start for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

After a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Tuesday's preseason opener, the Lightning traveled to Raleigh Wednesday for a rematch with the Canes and fell 6-1, dropping to 0-2-0.

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Burns: 3 Things we learned from the preseason opener

Lightning beat writer Bryan Burns recaps Tampa Bay's 4-1 loss to Carolina on Tuesday

by Bryan Burns / TampaBayLightning.com

There weren't a lot of positives from Tampa Bay's preseason-opening 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at AMALIE Arena Tuesday night.

"It was pretty ugly," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos summarized succinctly.

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