Martin St. Louis had a remarkable year, leading the NHL in scoring at age 37. Still, the Tampa Bay Lightning forward would give up it all up to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Tampa Bay failed to make the postseason for the second straight season despite having the league's top two scorers in St. Louis and Steven Stamkos.
''The summer's long when you don't make the playoffs,'' Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. ''We're about to experience that and it's not a great feeling.''
St. Louis finished with 60 points, becoming the oldest Art Ross Trophy winner. He also captured the scoring title in 2004, when Tampa Bay won its only Stanley Cup championship. Stamkos wound up second in the points race with 57.
''I'd trade a lot of that to be in the playoffs and have a chance at the Stanley Cup,'' St. Louis said. ''But then when all that kind of goes away, the hope of getting in, you try to finish strong and play the right way.''
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