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Lightning deserve the Cup, too

Originally Published: May 18, 2004
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- You really want this franchise's playoff run to mean something long-term not just for the sport, but to the nation.

You hope that a market that recently had an embarrassing number of empty seats and a beleaguered ownership can use this to prove once and for all that the NHL belongs in it -- and can survive long-term.

Yes, that's what you're hoping for the Calgary Flames and Canada, right?

Oh.

This is supposed to be about the Tampa Bay Lightning?

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