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Even after a 6-5 overtime win over Florida, the Lightning are far from in sync.
Two of the warmest hockey climates boast the coldest teams in the league. From San Jose to Tampa Bay, wins are hard to come by. The Lightning—like the Sharks—started the year off strong and looked like the surprise team in their respective conferences.
The Lightning have fallen from the top of the Eastern Conference to out of the playoffs. The Lightning won the first game of the month by dominating the Winnipeg Jets 8-3. It has been anything but domination since.
The rest of February doesn’t look good with games against the Rangers, Penguins, Bruins, Maple Leafs and red-hot Hurricanes. The Lightning better get things figured out quickly before they dig into a hole too deep for the offense to get out of.
An overtime win over the Florida Panthers doesn’t inspire much confidence.