Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/26/14

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 22: Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Atlanta Thrashers at Philips Arena on October 22, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Steven Stamkos knows reaching 60-goals again will be unlikely in this year's abbreviated 48-game season. But the Tampa Bay center feels the Lightning returning to the playoffs is well within reach in the lockout-curtailed campaign. ''Getting into the playoffs, that's our goal here,'' Stamkos said. ''We want to be a playoff team. It's going to be a different year. It's a sprint. You've got to get off to a good start.'' Stamkos had an NHL-best 60 goals when the Lightning, one year removed from reaching the Eastern Conference finals, missed out on postseason play last season. ''After last year, we were very disappointed,'' Stamkos said. ''This league is about consistency. You have to find a way that, if things aren't going well, you don't let it slide. Last year we were guilty of that. We can't take anything for granted.'' Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier, holdovers from Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup championship team, provide a solid nucleus. Newcomers include goalie Anders...
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