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2011 was a great season for Tampa Bay. Could this be another magical run? It starts in training camp.
In 2011, the Lightning started a magical run when they acquired a new goaltender in Dwayne Roloson. Roloson finished out the final 43 regular season games and led the Bolts to within one game of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Tampa Bay is in a very similar situation this year, with a new goaltender and a 48-game season. Do the Bolts have what it takes to make a push like they did in 2011?
Coach Guy Boucher stressed consistency with Gary Shelton of the Tampa Bay Times.
"You can have a fast start and later on have some long bad stretches. I don't want a fast start as much as I want steadiness. Don't lose five in a row. For me, this isn't a threat. It's an opportunity and a challenge,” Boucher said (via Tampabay.com).
If the Lightning can be consistent, could they take advantage of the short season? With all the veterans in the locker room to help guide the club, this could be a special opportunity for the Bolts.
Stressing the similarities to this year’s group could play a significant part in rekindling that magic from 2011.