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Chip Carter: Bolts must bring momentum back home

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Without a doubt, the Lightning have picked up two of their biggest wins this season.

The first one was on the road in Detroit, then Wednesday night with a huge comeback against the Islanders.

The Lightning did it in dramatic fashion, tying the game with 4 seconds left on the clock. Valterri Filpulla scored two goals in the last three minutes and the Bolts win it in a shootout.

So what makes these two wins so big?

First, up in Detroit, I know the Lightning hit the Wings while they were in the middle of a slide.  The Lightning gave Detroit their 5th straight loss, and the Wings would lose one more before breaking out of a six-game slump. 

But this is Detroit. Teams just don't go into that arena and pull out a win.  Plus, teams rarely go into that arena and pull out a shutout, but that's exactly what the Lightning did.

It was different in Long Island.

The Bolts looked a bit flat, a half a step slow.  Goaltender Ben Bishop was the reason the score was only 2-0 when Lightning struck.  Bishop is the kind of goalie this team can ride right into the playoffs – he certainly showed it tonight, keeping his team in it long enough for someone to flick a switch.

That's exactly what it looked like, as if someone flicked the switch on and the Lightning suddenly looked amped up.  They scored two goals in three minutes and pulled off a big win in the shootout.

Now, what is critical is not to let these road wins go to waste.  The Bolts are home for the next two, starting with the rivalry game against the Panthers. 

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