Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 4/21/13
Having been eliminated from playoff contention, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Carolina Hurricanes are left to try to end this season as positively as they can. So far, both clubs are having some trouble accomplishing that modest goal. The Lightning, though, have dominated this season's matchups with the Hurricanes and will go for their first series sweep Sunday night while trying to avoid a season high-tying sixth consecutive defeat. Tampa Bay (17-23-4) is set to miss the playoffs for the fifth time in six years and is so far heading meekly into the end of the season. The Lightning are 1-5-2 since April 6 and 0-3-2 in their past five games. They've struggled mightily at killing penalties lately, allowing opponents to score power-play goals in each of the last six games while going 9 for 27 with the man advantage. Tampa Bay gave up the go-ahead goal while down a man with 47 seconds left in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Montreal, but coach Jon Cooper was pleased with his team's effort ...
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