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Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes the save on a breakaway shot by Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk during the first period Tuesday night in Boston.
Tampa Bay is competitive, but can’t topple the team with the league’s best record.
As UF waits for its bowl destination, a pivotal period is underway.
The Americans finished second to England in Group B will play the Netherlands on Saturday with the chance to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002.
John Romano | Sunday’s loss in Cleveland makes it clear that Tampa Bay is putting all of its hope in the idea of winning low-scoring, defensive games.

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  1. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) makes the save on a breakaway shot by Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk during the first period Tuesday night in Boston.
  2. 3 hours ago• Florida State Seminoles
    Ohio State head coach Ryan Day stands on the sideline during last Saturday's rivalry game against Michigan.
  3. The United States' Yunus Musah, right, Aaron Long, center, and Sean Johnson celebrate after defeating Iran in a World Cup group B match Tuesday at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
  4. Billy Napier and the Florida Gators have started a pivotal stretch for the program's future.
  5. Tom Brady has done a good job of avoiding pass rushers such as Cleveland's Myles Garrett, but Tampa Bay's quick-fire passing game has not translated very well to the scoreboard.
  6. This will be only the second time Iran and the U.S. have played each other in the World Cup. The last time was at the 1998 tournament in France, when Iran won 2-1 in Lyon.
  7. The class moves into the Reverse Warrior pose while balancing on paddleboards near the end of an evening on the water in Gulfport.
  8. We don't know how long USF fans will be cheering for the Bulls' next coach.
  9. Lightning forwards Steven Stamkos and Nick Paul (20) celebrate aStamkos' winning goal in overtime Monday against the Sabres in Buffalo, New York.
  10. Head coach Gregg Berhalter and Tyler Adams of the United States attend a news conference at the World Cup Monday in Doha, Qatar.
  11. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws during the second half of his team's 23-17 overtime loss Sunday to the Browns. The Bucs offense was stymied by penalties, injuries and some missed throws in the extra session.
  12. USF is looking for a new football coach after the Bulls' season ended Saturday.
  13. A day later, Bucs head coach Todd Bowles wasn't second-guessing how he utilized timeouts at the end of regulation in the loss to the Browns.
  14. Lightning goaltender Brian Elliott blocks a shot from Sabres right wing JJ Peterka during the third period of a Nov. 5 game in Tampa.
  15. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, left, targeted Mike Evans nine times Sunday in Cleveland, but connected with him only twice.
  16. It's possible offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs will only miss a few weeks for the Bucs.
  17. The courts are filled as pickleball games get underway during the City of St. Pete Parks & Rec mixed doubles recreational league at Crescent Lake Park on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022 in St. Petersburg.
  18. Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans is knocked out of bounds by Browns cornerback Denzel Ward after making a catch Sunday.
  19. Even with Tom Brady in his corner, Bucs head coach Todd Bowles seemed inexplicably reticent to go for broke in the fourth quarter against the Browns in a 23-17 overtime loss on Sunday.
  20. Bucs offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs is carted off the field after injuring his leg during overtime against the Browns on Sunday.
  21. Browns tight end David Njoku catches a touchdown pass to tie the score late in the fourth quarter Sunday against the Bucs.
  22. Quarterback Tom Brady gets off a shovel pass during the first half of the Bucs' loss to the Browns Sunday in Cleveland.
  23. Defensive end Alex Wright celebrates after batting down a Tom Brady pass during the first quarter of the Browns' win over the Bucs Sunday in Cleveland.
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