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Southeast no longer satisfying

With a substantial division lead, Tampa Bay is aiming beyond the Southeast Division and at the East's elite.

Updated: February 17, 2004, 3:03 PM ET
By Jim Kelley | ESPN.com

It doesn't seem all that long ago, but on Jan. 6, the Tampa Bay Lightning were four points behind the Atlanta Thrashers in the race for first place in the NHL's Southeast Division.

This morning, the Lightning lead the division by 16 points. After tonight, it could well be 18.

After taking advantage of a major melt down by the Thrashers, who've since been eclipsed by the Florida Panthers, the Lightning are so far out in front of their division that the other top teams in the Eastern ...

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