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Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) skates past Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) after Thursday's loss at Amalie Arena.
With its third straight loss, Tampa Bay drops to the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
A trio of teams nipping at Tampa Bay’s heels is coming up on the schedule.
The 26-year-old’s resiliency shows in how he plays and in how he returned from a serious knee injury just 15 months ago.
Tampa Bay has little answer for Ottawa’s speed and resilience in second straight loss at Amalie Arena.

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  1. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) skates past Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) after Thursday's loss at Amalie Arena.
  2. Coach Jon Cooper needs his players' heads in the game for a slate coming up that includes the Capitals, Islanders and Devils.
  3. The Lightning's Mitchell Chaffee, right, celebrates his goal along with defenseman Emil Martinsen Lilleberg on Monday in a loss to Ottawa.
  4. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) skates off as the Ottawa Senators celebrates their opening goal during the first period of Monday's game at Amalie Arena.
  5. Florida Panthers left wing Ryan Lomberg (94) trips up Lightning center Tyler Motte (64) during the second period of Saturday's game at Amalie Arena.
  6. Lightning left wing Nick Paul (20) battles against Avalanche defenseman Devon Toews (7) along the boards during Thursday's game at Amalie Arena.
  7. Avalanche center Ross Colton (20), a former Lightning player, celebrates his team’s tying goal during second-period action Thursday night at Amalie Arena.
  8. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov holds up a puck while taking to the ice as he is named the No. 1 star of the game after a 6-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at Amalie Arena on Thursday night.
  9. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos models the team's new third jersey, which debuts tonight against the Avs at Amalie Arena.
  10. Lightning center Brayden Point (21) scores against Boston Bruins goaltender Linus Ullmark during the shootout Tuesday in Boston.
  11. The Bruins' David Pastrnak, center, scores on the Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy left, as Darren Raddysh (43) defends during the second period of Tampa Bay's 7-3 loss in January in Boston.
  12. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) blocks a shot by Blue Jackets right wing Justin Danforth (17) in the first period Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio.
  13. Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev fractured his leg in two places during a game Wednesday in New York.
  14. Lightning left wing Nick Paul (20) goes to the bench after a goal by the New York Islanders, right, during the first period of Thursday's game in New York.
  15. Rangers players Erik Gustafsson (56) and Vincent Trocheck (16) offer their support as Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev is taken off the ice on a stretcher after suffering a leg injury during Wednesday's game in New York.
  16. Mikhail Sergachev is pictured during a game against the Rangers in New York in April. The Lightning defenseman suffered a devastating leg injury during Wednesday's game at Madison Square Garden.
  17. Lightning head athletic trainer Tom Mulligan tends to Mikhail Sergachev after he sustained a left leg injury during the second period of Wednesday's game against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
  18. "This is a big, big trip for us," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said of the four-game trip to New York, Columbus and Boston. "We’ve been on a roll here. Let’s try to keep it going.”
  19. Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) hasn’t played since taking a puck off the back of his left skate on Dec. 19, missing the past 17 games.
  20. The sexual assault case against five former members of Canada's world junior hockey team will return to court at the end of April.
  21. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov may not get a warm reception outside of Tampa Bay, but teammates and fans know his worth.
  22. Team Matthews captain Auston Matthews, right, celebrates his goal against Team McDavid with Morgan Rielly, left, and Clayton Keller.
  23. Coyotes center Nick Schmaltz (8) flips the puck past Lightning center Anthony Cirelli (71) and defenseman Victor Hedman (77) during a Jan. 25 game.
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