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Lightning eye playoff return in shortened season

Updated: January 17, 2013, 6:05 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Steven Stamkos knows reaching 60-goals again will be unlikely in this year's abbreviated 48-game season.

But the Tampa Bay center feels the Lightning returning to the playoffs is well within reach in the lockout-curtailed campaign.

"Getting into the playoffs, that's our goal here," Stamkos said. "We want to be a playoff team. It's going to be a different year. It's a sprint. You've got to get off to a good start."

Stamkos had an NHL-best 60 goals when the Lightning, ...

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