Having a 25% Hedman and no Stralman may have been the difference. I think the defensive depth is an issue for TB.

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By BuxJacket on 06:05:45 04/17/19
[In reply to "and that's why they play the games" by Brutus, posted at 05:55:41 04/17/19]

Also Things tighten up in the playoffs. Guys like Stamkos, Point, and Kuch don't get as many free and clear chances.

Columbus threw them off their game by intercepting East/West passes in the neutral zone (That used to allow TB to enter with speed) and clearing the puck immediately when they got possession defensively. It was masterful to watch.

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