Lightning's championship window not as wide as some think

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In his preview of the Stanley Cup finals, colleague Pierre LeBrun likened this Tampa Bay Lightning group to a younger version of the Chicago Blackhawks team they’re facing. And there are definitely similarities between the two. The current Lightning and the Blackhawks team that started becoming a May and June regular in 2009 both are loaded with young talent that skipped the painful process of multiple early exits to catapult directly to a chance to win it all.

It suggests that the Lightning are set up to win championships for the next five or six years like their counterparts from Chicago were.

But there’s another comparison to be made. This Lightning team has similarities to another team from that era: the 2008 Pittsburgh Penguins.