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Lightning season ends with disappointment and determination

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The Lightning flew back from Montreal Wednesday morning after suffering the final loss in the sweep by the Canadiens Tuesday night.

Bolts coaches prepared for end of season interviews with coaches Thursday morning, when they'd much rather be planning for game 5.

The four straight wins by Montreal do not sit well with the Lightning. The Bolts expected their post season to last longer than a week.

Bolts head coach Jon Cooper says his team did fight hard, but simply kept coming up one goal short.

The Lightning were good, just not good enough.

But Cooper says it was a great run.

"I can honestly say I've never had more fun in my life," he said. "The frustrating part for us and I'm sure for our fans and that was the one thing that was really tough for us was that we were out in one week."

Cooper adds that this experience sets the bar high for the Lightning in the future.

"We had our coming out party. Now... hoping to make the playoffs this year was probably a little bit of a far stretch for a lot of people. But we did make the playoffs. Now it should be a no-brainer that we need to be a playoff team every year and now keep advancing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs,” he said. “I think we took a great step this year towards that by making the playoffs. Now it's to be the norm."

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