Tampa Bay Lightning faithful are probably still bleeding from the heart break suffered in 2011. The Bolts pulled all the right strings to set themselves up for success.
Starting goaltender Mike Smith got injured and general manager Steve Yzerman brought in an aging Dwayne Roloson. That string worked out well.
The Bolts led the Southeast Division the majority of the season, lost it in March, but still tied a franchise record with 46 wins. The Bolts finished fifth in the Eastern Conference and faced the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening round of the playoffs.
Tampa fell behind three games to one with the series headed back to Pittsburgh. It seemed like the magic would run out. The Lightning put on a clinic and won Game 5, 8-2.
The Bolts won Game 6 at home and completed the rally with a 1-0 win over Pittsburgh in Game 7.
Tampa swept the conference-champion Washington Capitals in the next round to face the Boston Bruins. There was magic in the air.
The Bolts had scored 21 goals in six games of the series―including four five-goal contests. The offense was clicking. Was this a repeat of 2004?
Nope. The Lightning got shut out in Game 7 and Boston went on to win the Stanley Cup.