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Lightning: They know the score

Nikolai Khabibulin can keep them in games, but the Lightning still need more offensive production.

Updated: July 25, 2002, 12:12 PM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

Was last season business as usual in Tampa?

Sure, the Lightning missed the playoffs again, meaning the franchise has just one postseason appearance since debuting in 1992.

But a 10-point improvement in the standings while dealing with adversity on and off the ice suggests the team is not without a pulse.

After allowing 280 goals during the 2000-01 season, third most in the league, the Lightning cut their goals allowed to 219. No other team came close to matching that 61-goal ...

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