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Panthers-Lightning playoff pairing would boost in-state rivalry

The Panthers and Lightning have been on-ice rivals since 1993. But there has always been something missing. A few years back, then-Lightning coach John Tortorella said this so-called rivalry would never amount to much unless there was a lot of bad blood shared between the two. For that to happen, Tortorella explained, the two desperately needed to face off in a winner-take-all playoff series.

Panthers-Lightning playoff pairing would boost in-state rivalry

The Panthers and Lightning have been on-ice rivals since 1993. But there has always been something missing. A few years back, then-Lightning coach John Tortorella said this so-called rivalry would never amount to much unless there was a lot of bad blood shared between the two. For that to happen, Tortorella explained, the two desperately needed to face off in a winner-take-all playoff series.

Panthers-Lightning playoff pairing would boost in-state rivalry

The Panthers and Lightning have been on-ice rivals since 1993. But there has always been something missing. A few years back, then-Lightning coach John Tortorella said this so-called rivalry would never amount to much unless there was a lot of bad blood shared between the two. For that to happen, Tortorella explained, the two desperately needed to face off in a winner-take-all playoff series.

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