Tampa Bay Lightning got their mojo back, and now this series feels different

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06-08-2022

But Tampa Bay bounced back in a big way, sweeping their two home games to even the best-of-seven series as it heads back to New York. Perhaps this is the look of an experienced team that finally shook off the rust from its nine-day layoff between series. Perhaps this is exactly how a series between these teams should be — even — after Tampa Bay’s 4-1 victory in Game 4. In the first two games, Vasilevskiy gave up nine goals. But after what we’ve seen the past few games, the Lightning are much more ready for them.

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