Lightning "not satisfied" with strong start
Lightning coach Jon Cooper knows his team isn't perfect.
"Not even close," he said.
But Cooper points out it's a group that responds well to challenges, which Tampa Bay did again Saturday night, beating the Blues, one of the league's best teams.
The Lightning (10-4) is off to a hot start, the quickest into a season in franchise history it has recorded it's 10th win. It entered Sunday tied for first place in the Atlantic Division (20 points), though won't play again until Thursday against the Oilers at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
The fact Tampa Bay has done so despite a difficult schedule, beating the defending champion Blackhawks twice, the Kings once, along with St. Louis, has garnered confidence through measuring-stick matchups.
“I think anytime you face a challenge you want to conquer it,’’ center Steven Stamkos said. “Any time we play teams that are known to be very good in this league we come out with a great effort. We have to start to find a way to do that with consistency, and I think we are starting to get that..
"We're not satisfied yet. We're happy with the way we're playing, but it's that relaxed confident attitude. We know it's a long year."
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