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Stamkos, Lightning are very much in playoff race

Tampa Bay Lightning v Carolina Hurricanes

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 03: Steven Stamkos #91 celebrates with teammate Teddy Purcell #16 and Martin St. Louis #26 of the Tampa Bay Lightning after scoring the game-winning goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during overtime at the RBC Center on March 3, 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Lightning won 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Grant Halverson

There weren’t many “sellers” during the 2012 trade deadline, but Steve Yzerman’s Tampa Bay Lightning embraced that role with aplomb.

So, naturally ... the Lightning are rapidly ascending the Eastern Conference standings to the point that they actually have a legitimate chance at a playoff berth. Wait, what now?

Steven Stamkos’ superhuman goal scoring ways are spearheading a four-game winning streak, leaving the Lightning in 10th place with 68 points. Surely Tampa Bay is eagerly watching NBC Sports Network’s current game between the Buffalo Sabres (11th place, 68 points) and Winnipeg Jets (eighth place, 70 points), but the hockey world is taking note of the Bolts, as you can see from the video below.