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Fennelly: So much for the Lightning being dead and buried

Nikita Kucherov, left, hugging Victor Hedman, had a hat trick Thursday to again remind us that this franchise has a rising superstar on its hands.

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Nikita Kucherov, left, hugging Victor Hedman, had a hat trick Thursday to again remind us that this franchise has a rising superstar on its hands.

Hey, has anybody seen that clown who said the Lightning was dead and buried?

Let me know when you see him.

I'll shut up now.

Give it up for the Lightning. And give up trying to figure it out.

It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside a 6-3 win at Boston on Thursday night.

Put a toe tag on the team, and they start tap dancing.

Just like that, with a win in a city where they never win, the Lightning is three points back of the eighth-place

Bruins — and with a game in hand.

This just two days after the Lightning seemingly gave up its ghost with a third straight home loss, against lowly Arizona no less.

Only someone forgot to send the doomsday memo to Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

And to Nikita Kucherov, who made a hat trick Thursday, again reminding us that this franchise has a rising superstar on its hands. Make it 16 goals and 27 points for Kucherov in the last 15 games.

And to Jonathan Drouin, who snapped out of a funk and scored to put the Lighting ahead to stay in the third period and who added two assists.

And to Brayden Point, who has made his mark and then some this season, adding another goal and assist Thursday. …

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