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Lightning center Brayden Point addresses the media during exit interviews Tuesday at Amalie Arena.
The center tried to return from injury, but missed the final four games of the Stanley Cup final.
Tampa Bay fell to a talented Colorado team in a Stanley Cup final that was remarkably close.
The back-to-back champions sought a third title not only to make history but also to get rings for those who hadn’t been part of their previous runs.
John Romano | There was something special about this group, even if it fell short of past Stanley Cup heights.

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  1. Want to know how much Lightning forward Nick Paul likes being in Florida? Check out his hat.
  2. Lightning center Brayden Point addresses the media during exit interviews Tuesday at Amalie Arena.
  3. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy blocks a shot on goal during the second period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Sunday at Amalie Arena.
  4. Lightning right wing Corey Perry came out on the wrong end of the Stanley Cup final for the third consecutive season.
  5. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) chases down Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar (8) in the first period of Game 6 on Sunday night.
  6. Tampa Bay Lightning players look as the Colorado Avalanche celebrate their Stanley Cup win after Game 6 on Sunday in Tampa.
  7. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) and center Steven Stamkos (91) console each other after losing the Stanley Cup final to the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
  8. The Lightning and Avalanche shake hands after Colorado's 2-1 win in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Sunday at Amalie Arena.
  9. Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates his first-period goal during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Sunday at Amalie Arena.
  10. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, center, watches the puck during the second period against the Avalanche in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Sunday.
  11. The Colorado Avalanche celebrate their 2-1 win over the Lightning to win the Stanley Cup Sunday at Amalie Arena.
  12. Lightning center Brayden Point hasn't played since Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final against Colorado.
  13. Lightning defenseman, from left, Ryan McDonagh (27), Erik Cernak (81) and Mikhail Sergachev (98) watch from the bench during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final Friday in Denver.
  14. Staying on top of Colorado star forward Nathan MacKinnon, as defenseman Zach Bogosian tried to do in Game 5 Friday night, has been crucial to Tampa Bay's success in recent games in the Stanley Cup final.
  15. The Lightning know returning home to Amalie Arena Sunday for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final is no guarantee of success.
  16. Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91), top right, and left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrate Palat’s third-period game-winning goal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final on Friday night.
  17. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy blocks a shot on goal as Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) and Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) look on during the second period Friday night in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final.
  18. Lightning right wing Corey Perry (10) and center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrate a second-period goal by right wing Nikita Kucherov (86).
  19. Lightning players celebrate a second-period goal by right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final Friday in Denver.
  20. After the game-winning goal by Ondrej Palat, fans inside of Amalie Arena cheer during the official Lightning watch party on Friday night.
  21. Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91), top right, and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrate Ondrej Palat’s third period game winning goal in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final Friday, June 24, 2022 in Denver. TheTampa Bay Lightning won 3-2.
  22. Lightning center Brayden Point (21) watches the puck as Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35), defenseman Cale Makar (8), right, and defenseman Devon Toews (7), far left, look on during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final.
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