Well, five years between two points in Atlanta versus the Thrashers.
It could be much worse -- such as 14 seasons between playoff appearances, or 84 years between World Series championships. Much worse when you think of those two standards (set by the Buccaneers and Boston Red Sox, respectively).
At any rate, Vincent Lecavalier scored two goals - one to open scoring in Atlanta tonight, and the other to break a 2-2 tie late in the third -- while Ruslan Fedotenko notched 2 assists to further propel the Lightning away from it's southeastern conference rival.
Of course, the focus of the Lightning (and this fan) is looking forward, and the Eastern Conference top seeds are closer for the moment....