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Noteworthy articles on the Lightning and NHL from previous Times editions:
Six Days: Lightning vs. Flyers
Six days in April 1996 stand out as the most thrilling, dramatic, controversial, glorious, agonizing, captivating, riveting days in the history of the Lightning franchise. [April 10,2003]

Jay Feaster: unknown architect
No one ever calls him a genius. No one refers to him as an architect. No one fawns over his high-powered moves for high-salaried stars. Such praise is reserved, it seems, for the likes of Colorado's Pierre Lacroix. [May 4, 2003]

Columnist Gary Shelton recounts some of the colorful history of the Lightning on the team's 10th anniversary. [Dec. 6, 2000]
The Right Direction
At the start of the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Times sports writer Damian Cristodero explains how coach John Tortorella has turned the team around. [April 10, 2003]

One shift
Every shift begins the same way for Brad Richards. He slings his left leg over the boards, follows with the right and hops onto the ice. He'll be back in 45 seconds. [April 2, 2003]

It's good if puck hits you
That is, if it stops a shot, which is a Lightning duty. What's not good is the pain. [April 23, 2003]
Taking time to deflect
Lightning players waiting in front of the net to tip a teammate's shot do not have time to think or to plan. They just have time to react. [April 20, 2004]

First battle, then shake
The handshake line at the end of each post-season series is a long-standing hockey tradition that few players dare ignore. [April 11, 2001]

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