How Much Do the Lightning Have in the Tank for the Cup Final?

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Prior to the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs, there was a lot of talk about asterisks. And there should be one beside the name or the team that wins it in 2020 to demarcate that it was the last team standing after one of the most challenging playoff tournaments in NHL history.

Which brings us to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who punched their ticket to the series that will determine who gets that asterisk when they finally put away the New York Islanders with a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final. Whether it’s after an almost five-month layoff because of a global pandemic or not, the playoffs are the most challenging grind in any sport, which is why it’s hard to believe the players have enough energy to even lift the Stanley Cup after they win it. And going into the final against the Dallas Stars, the Lightning are feeling the pain.