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Lightning season in review player-by-player

The Tampa Bay Times takes a look at each player on the Lightning’s roster to assess the team’s season.
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) celebrates with his team after he stops the final shooter, Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23), as the Bolts win in a shootout with a final score of 4-3.
Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) celebrates with his team after he stops the final shooter, Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23), as the Bolts win in a shootout with a final score of 4-3.
Published May 15, 2019
Updated May 24, 2019

Lightning beat writer Diana C. Nearhos and staff writer Mari Faiello will break down Tampa Bay’s season, the historic success followed historic failure, by looking at each player individually one day at a time. Find the whole series below and check back for new additions.

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DIRK SHADD | Times Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette (13) celebrates his first period goal after beating Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) 19 seconds after the start in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Tampa.
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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18), left, celebrates his second period goal with teammate Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) against the Colorado Avalanche Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 in Tampa.
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Lightning center J.T. Miller (10) scores to tie the game at 3 to 3 during the third period.
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  1. Colorado Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher, left, flies into Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Curtis McElhinney while pursuing the puck in the third period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Denver. The Lightning won 4-3 in overtime.
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, right, drives past Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon to score the winning goal in overtime of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Denver. The Lightning won 4-3.
  3. New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman during the second period of a Feb. 8 game in Newark, N.J.
  4. New Jersey Devils center Blake Coleman (20) during warmups before a recent hockey game against the Dallas Stars in Newark, N.J.
  5. Distant Thunder fan Eva Cervenkova fist bumps Nikita Kucherov before the Lightning's game against the Flyers on Saturday.
  6. Members of the men's ice hockey team from the United States pose in front of the Olympic rings during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
  7. New Jersey Devils' Blake Coleman (20) brings the puck up the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday.
  8. It was that kind of game Saturday night. Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Robert Hagg (8) collides with Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) as defenseman Luke Schenn (2) comes to help out during the third period of Tampa Bay's 5-3 victory. JASON BEHNKEN | AP Photo
  9. Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) handles the puck against Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim (6) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.
  10. February 13, 2020: Edmonton Oilers Right Wing Zack Kassian (44) and Tampa Bay Lightning Defenseman Eric Cernak (81)during the NHL game between the Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. Brian McWalters/CSM(Credit Image: © Brian Mcwalters/CSM via ZUMA Wire)
  11. Tampa Bay Lightning's Pat Maroon, center, is congratulated by teammates, from left, Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn, Mitchell Stephens and Cameron Gaunce after scoring against the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.
  12. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, of Russia, makes a save against Edmonton Oilers' Zack Kassian during the third period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning won 3-1. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
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