TAMPA, Fla. -- The season's young, but this sneak peek hints towards a winter worth watching.
You're forgiven if the horror flick at Raymond James Stadium has distracted you from a fine show at Tampa Bay Times Forum over the past two-plus weeks. Saturday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning wrapped up a season-long, seven-game homestand with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres, bumping their mark to 5-2 within the stretch. Sunday, the Bolts took their act on the road, beating the Florida Panthers 4-3 in overtime to improve to 8-3 overall with 16 points, tying them with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the Eastern Conference lead.
In a town where the football has been frightening, hockey has been kinder to the eyes. Here, the ice is cold, but the play sizzles.
So far, Lightning coach Jon Cooper likes what he sees.
"I'd say we're a resilient team," he said Saturday, after wingers Marty St. Louis and Ondrej Palat scored consecutive goals in the third period to erase a one-...