A season of what might have been

Updated: October 13, 2004, 4:40 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

What stories might have been told? What sights seen?

Would you have marveled at the sight of a Stanley Cup banner, slowly rising from the ice at the St. Pete Times Forum as the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning prepared to host the Philadelphia Flyers in a rematch of last spring's titanic seven-game Eastern Conference finals?

Still sounds a bit funny, no?

Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

But on October 13, 2004, frenzied Bolts fans would have seen ...

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