- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2011

TAMPA, FLA. (AP) - The surging Tampa Bay Lightning can attest to the highs and lows of the NHL playoffs.

Two weeks after dropping into a 3-1 hole against Pittsburgh in the opening round, the Lightning not only have survived but are headed to the Eastern Conference finals. Tampa Bay completed an improbable comeback against the Penguins and then swept the top-seeded Washington Capitals.

They’ve done it with strong goaltending , superior special teams play and opportunistic offense.

Caps coach Bruce Boudreau has warning for whoever faces Tampa Bay next: “Don’t underestimate them.”

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