Quick Cap: To advance, the Lightning have to overcome some shaky Game Six history
It’s game day! The Tampa Bay Lightning have another shot at ending the New York Islanders season and, oh yeah, advance to the Stanley Cup Final. This isn’t the first time the Lightning have been in a Game Six in the Eastern Conference Final, in fact, today’s game marks the sixth time they’ve been in this position. It’s also the fifth time they’ve had a 3-2 lead in the ECF.
The previous results have not been pretty. Let’s roll down memory lane and take a look:
Woof. One win out of five attempts. The one time they won, 2011, they were facing elimination. In all the other games they were looking to eliminate their opponent and couldn’t pull off the trick, putting truth to the cliche that the fourth win is always the hardest one. Oh, and the head coach for the 2018 Capitals - Barry Trotz.
Couple that with the fact that the Lightning are now 0-5 in their last five games when they had the chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Final and I’m just a fount of negativity this morning.
That’s the bad news (well that and the unknown status of Brayden Point) now for the good news. If there is any team in Lightning franchise history that can look at those numbers and not get rattled by them, it’s this year’s squad. They’ve been turning so many pages on the past they might as well be a Gordon ...
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