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Smith has thankless job in Tampa

Updated: December 9, 2008, 2:11 PM ET
By Victoria Matiash, special to ESPN.com

No matter how talented or skilled you are or how hard you work, being the No. 1 netminder on a troubled hockey team is a rough gig. Sure, it's nice to be the team's poster boy, and the pay is pretty decent, but dealing with inadequate support out front day in and day out takes its toll.

Were he the whining type, no one could testify to this more than Lightning goalie Mike Smith. Tampa Bay's go-to young man is a good goaltender who has a long, successful career ahead of him, but he's worn ...

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