Yzerman Breeds Confidence Into Lightning

Yzerman Breeds Confidence Into Lightning

There is a calm to the franchise these days. In the most stressful of situations, in the most pressurized of moments, the Lightning seems to possess the comfortable feeling of a team that believes things will work out.

It does not matter if the team is behind 3-1 in a series against Pittsburgh and others are telling the Lightning players the odds that are against them.

It does not matter if they lead Washington two games to none and people are reminding them they are halfway to the third round (they could reach the three-quarter mark tonight).

It doesn't matter if an opponent scores early to take a lead or late to force an overtime. These days, the Lightning seems to trust itself to find the proper outcome.

This, as much as anything, is Steve Yzerman's gift.

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