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Despondent Lightning can only hope they'll get another shot at a title

Despondent Lightning can only hope they'll get another shot at a title

More than 22,000 fans roared, and the lyrics "Wake me up when it's all over" traveled from the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup party on the United Center ice, intruding into a despondent Lightning dressing room. Goaltender Ben Bishop sat at his stall, his elbows propped on his knees and his face buried in his palms, until the room cleared out. Steven Stamkos' red-rimmed eyes were barely visible beneath a Lightning cap pulled low over his face, and he spoke just above a whisper about the regrettable feeling of an opportunity that "slipped through your fingers." The Lightning struggled to explain how they lost 2-0 to the Blackhawks in Game 6 Monday night as their...

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