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Lightning’s loss to Washington was a microcosm of their season

Saturday’s loss to Washington provided a microcosm of what Tampa Bay’s season has been this year. Strong play in a close game until a few mistakes disjointed the team and saw them lose in a manner that isn’t befitting a team with this much experience and talent.

“They took advantage of a couple of mistakes we made,” was a comment from Ryan McDonagh that stood out to me. Not because it reiterates a common saying that the players and coaches have repeated this season, but because that is exactly what has sunk them so many times this season.