The Tampa Bay Lightning slayed their beast

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They were outshot, physically pounded and they coughed up a two-goal lead to a team that had haunted their dreams since last season. So of course the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied to win an elimination game in overtime, right?

Brayden Point was the hero for the Bolts, who knocked off the stubborn Columbus Blue Jackets in five games to move on to the next round of the playoffs. Tampa Bay didn’t play particularly well on the afternoon, but the Lightning did enough to get through and in the process, probably learned a lesson that will serve the team well as they seek their first Stanley Cup championship since 2004. Because this Columbus team gave the Bolts quite the competition in the series, but also a template for what the Lightning will likely face in the ensuing rounds.

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