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The damage from a loss in the tight-tight Eastern Conference

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the damage to the Tampa Bay Lightning's place in the standings was most powerfully done with the stumble and fall in eastern Canada last week in losses to the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens. Going into tonight's contest with a much more formidable foe in the St. Louis Blues, the Bolts were a single point behind the Detroit Red Wings for 3rd in the Atlantic and 2 points behind the Boston Bruins. The standings now have made it more of a chase for Tampa Bay.