ST Louis Blues Since 1983, when the New York Islanders completed their dynasty, no team has won the Stanley Cup

three times. Six other clubs have since won back-to-back Stanley Cups. Until the Lightning won the East this season

five of them failed to go past the second round. These opportunities don't come along very often. They aren't going to show up.

It's as if we've reached the summit of the mountain. Let's keep pushing for more, will we? "Jon Cooper, the Lightning's coach,

stated. It's a classic Stanley Cup matchup: the Colorado Avalanche, looking to win their first Cup since 2001 after a few

years as a top contender; and the Lightning, who are just four wins away from achieving an unparalleled feat in the

NHL's salary-cap era, which began in 2005. "It was a dream come true to go there the first time. Getting there a second time the

following year was also a dream come true. We had no intention of returning. "It's incredible to go a third time," Cooper added.

To observe their development, to observe their suffering. What they do to win a hockey game impresses me

greatly. Nobody would blame them if they boasted, "Hey, we won one or two." But do you want to go for a third