Cooper ready to get to work for Lightning

Updated: March 26, 2013, 9:04 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- New Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper is ready to get to work.

The 45-year-old Cooper talked about his plans for the team shortly before the Lightning hosted the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

The Lightning stumbled to a 13-18-1 record under former coach Guy Boucher and entered Tuesday in 14th place in the Eastern Conference.

Despite the record, Cooper says he will come in and work toward earning a playoff berth.

"Until the final buzzer goes in the last game ...

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