TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Lightning are disappointed, though not discouraged.
Despite being swept in the first round of the NHL playoffs, the young team led by Steven Stamkos has plenty of reasons to feel encouraged about the future.
One year after struggling to the 28th-best record in the league, the Lightning finished second in the Atlantic Division and posted the third-best mark in the Eastern Conference.
The Montreal Canadiens eliminated them from the postseason in four games, but coach Jon Cooper said none of his players should hang their heads because the Lightning had a successful season.
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