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A bolt of fun

There aren't many more exciting teams to watch than the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Want to have a good time? Watch a Lightning game.

Even when it loses, the Lightning is a blast. Take Thursday night. Truth be told, Tampa Bay played one of its sloppiest games of the season. It didn't even deserve the one point it got for a 2-1 overtime loss to the Rangers.

But it sure was fun to watch.

End-to-end rushes, scoring chances and even a few flying fists. Controversy, too. The Lightning had a goal that should have counted disallowed because of phantom goalie-interference call.

This wasn't exactly the type of performance coach Jon Cooper wanted to see. He correctly pointed out, "The game ended up the way it should have ended up." Translation: the Lightning deserved to lose.

Oh well. It  happens. Can't be perfect every game. And because they have an outstanding goalie in Andrei Vasilevskiy, the Lightning still mustered a point. The big Russian netminder was brilliant, as he has been all season.

This is shaping up to be a special season for the Lightning. They have as much talent as any team in the league and their skill and scoring ability is dazzling. If you're a Lightning fan, you almost wish it was April already so you watch the playoffs.

Then again, think of all the fun hockey you'd miss between now and then. So sit back and enjoy the next five months. Should be fun.