Jon Cooper might have reacted differently five years ago to losing in double overtime in Tampa Bay's first chance to move on to the Stanley Cup Final, sulking with his head down and kicking the nearest soda can.
That's not his or his team's reaction now.
Sure, the Lightning didn't close out the New York Islanders in five games in the Eastern Conference final as they did against their previous two opponents. But a year after taking the best record in hockey into a first-round sweep by Columbus, this group seems more apt to handle adversity: The Lightning won a five-OT marathon earlier this playoffs and beat the hard-working Islanders in Game 2 with only nine forwards.
"Adversity's kicked us in the butt a ton of times in these playoffs," Cooper said Wednesday. "Adversity hits different ways. This is just another one. This year, I'm really at peace with the way this team is playing. They've got this quiet calm about them, and they'l
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