Now comes the hard part, not that anything has come easy this season for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Youd like to think that its emotional and dramatic 3-2 shootout victory Thursday night over the New York Rangers will become the cornerstone of a prolonged turnaround, following five consecutive losses.
Youd like to think that Bolts will bond together amid adversity and find a way to fight through it -- as they did so admirably after losing team and scoring leader Marty St. Louis earlier in the day to a fluke practice accident.
But the road ahead does not appear any friendlier, especially with four of their next six games taking place away from the relative comfort of home, starting Saturday against the powerhouse, 17-7 Philadelphia Flyers.
Going forward indefinitely without their veteran play-making star, who had scored four goals in his previous six games and nine in 27 games, only makes the task that much more formidable. But its the challenge the 12-14-2 Lightning now face. And ...