The coach’s office in Amalie Arena is just to the left of the tunnel that leads from the ice to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s dressing room. The guy who occupies it is Jon Cooper, who this year became the NHL’s longest-tenured active coach with the same team. When asked how many times he’s pulled a player into his office for a closed-door meeting between periods over his five-plus seasons, Cooper contemplates the question for a moment. Almost never, that’s how often. But last spring he did. You know what they say about desperate times, and things were looking dire for Cooper and the Lightning.
It was the first intermission of Game 2 in Tampa’s second-round playoff series against Boston last April. The Bruins’ top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak (you might have heard...
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