Series Win Part of Bolts' Long Comeback

Series Win Part of Bolts' Long Comeback

The record books will show the comeback began with a rout in Game 5. And for those who do not know any better, that will probably be enough.

But the truth is more complicated, and the story is far more stirring.

Yes, the Lightning won three consecutive elimination games, including a 1-0 victory in Game 7 against the Penguins on Wednesday night, to complete the greatest postseason comeback in Tampa Bay history.

Yet that does not fully explain the story of a franchise that came back from ridicule. From near poverty. From the back of your mind, all the way to the bottom of your heart.

"We're a resilient bunch, and that's what I'm most proud of," said Marty St. Louis, whose last postseason series victory was the 2004 Stanley Cup final. "Tonight was one of those moments where all the hard work and the desperation finally paid off. And I couldn't be happier for this organization.

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