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Stamkos devastated, believed Lightning would win Stanley Cup

Felt acquisitions, postseason momentum enough to cap record-setting season

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Steven Stamkos said he believed this was the year the Tampa Bay Lightning would win a Stanley Cup. But after losing Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final to the Washington Capitals at home on Wednesday, the disappointment will linger long into the offseason.

"I think it [will] probably take a little longer to sink in, but this was one of the tougher feelings and ends to the season based on the quality of players and people we had on the team," Stamkos, the Lightning captain, said Thursday. "Just the feeling that this is the year. I think when we beat Boston in five and you're like, 'Whoa, that's a really good hockey team' and you're coming in and you kind of felt 'OK, let's keep riding that momentum.'

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Stamkos driven to finish job for Lightning against Capitals

Looks to help Tampa Bay close out Eastern Final in Game 6

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TAMPA -- This could be his last shot at a Stanley Cup.

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Conference Final

Stamkos aims to keep Lightning power play on target in Game 4

Center has three goals on man-advantage from same spot against Capitals

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

WASHINGTON -- The obstacles were in Steven Stamkos' way when the Tampa Bay Lightning center wound up for a one-timer from the left face-off circle Tuesday.

Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen was in position to block the shot. Goaltender Braden Holtby was set, square to Stamkos, ready to make the save.

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Lightning's best players step up in Game 3 win against Capitals

Stamkos, Kucherov, Hedman each has multiple points, Vasilevskiy makes 36 saves

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- For 45 hours, from the time the final horn sounded on Game 2 on Sunday to the time the puck dropped on Game 3 on Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Lightning were searching for answers. They needed to fix something -- or a lot of somethings -- and they needed that fix to come quickly. They were in Washington, down 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Final, and doing the same thing they had been doing clearly wasn't an option.

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Stamkos, Lightning facing 'gut check time' in Game 3 against Capitals

Tampa Bay hits road two losses from elimination in Eastern Final

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

TAMPA -- What now for the Tampa Bay Lightning?

"Gut check time," captain Steven Stamkos said.

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Conference Final

Stamkos, Hedman better prepared for Lightning series vs. Capitals

Enter Eastern Conference Final with fond memories of 2011 win against Washington

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Steven Stamkos was 21 and Victor Hedman was 20 the last time the Tampa Bay Lightning played the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Stamkos, now the Lightning's No. 1 center and captain, and Hedman, Tampa Bay's No. 1 defenseman and a two-time Norris Trophy finalist, are the only two players still with the Lightning from their four-game sweep of the Capitals in the 2011 Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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Conference Final

Lightning vs. Capitals playoff preview

Tampa Bay has much more experience in conference final; Washington hopes to have Backstrom

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals

Lightning: 8-2 (defeated New Jersey Devils 4-1 in first round, Boston Bruins 4-1 in second round)

Capitals: 8-4 (defeated Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 in first round, Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 in second round)

Season series: TBL 2-1-0; WSH 1-1-1

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Lightning defeat Bruins in Game 5, advance to Eastern Final

Vasilevskiy makes 27 saves for Tampa Bay, which will play Penguins or Capitals

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Eastern Conference Final for the third time in four seasons with a 3-1 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the second round at Amalie Arena on Sunday.

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves, and Brayden Point, J.T. Miller and Anton Stralman scored for Tampa Bay, which won four straight to clinch the best-of-7 series.

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Stamkos delivers for Lightning against Bruins in Game 4

Scores tying goal in third for Tampa Bay, which extends series lead

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

BOSTON -- Jon Cooper had a three-word plea for Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos before he stepped on the ice Friday.

"'We need ya,'" the Lightning coach said.

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Round 1

Stamkos will play for Lightning against Devils in Game 1

Center set to go after missing final three regular-season games with lower-body injury

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

Steven Stamkos will play for the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the New Jersey Devils at Amalie Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS2, SUN, MSG+).

Coach Jon Cooper confirmed after the morning skate that Stamkos would be in the lineup.

Tampa Bay's first-line center missed the final three games of the regular season because of a lower-body injury. The Lightning captain returned to practice Monday and said he was hopeful he'd be ready to start the series. He took part in a full practice Wednesday and said he expected to play.

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