Two weeks ago, it looked as though Tampa Bay's appearance in the 2011 NHL playoffs would be no more than a brief cameo following a double-overtime loss to Pittsburgh.
Fast-forward to the present, and the Lightning are making their second-ever trip to the Eastern Conference finals.
Sean Bergenheim scored a pair of second-period goals and Tampa Bay completed just its second four-game sweep in postseason history with a 5-3 victory over the top-seeded Washington Capitals at St. Pete Times Forum.
Tampa blog Raw Charge thinks GM Steve Yzerman might be one of the MVPs for the Lightning right now.
GM Steve Yzerman has been very quiet this postseason, but he must be ecstatic about the playoff performances of the players he's acquired: Eric Brewer, Dwayne Roloson, the aforementioned Moore and Bergenheim, and even Marc-Andre Bergeron, who scored the goal that stood up as the game winner in the deciding game, all came through.
For the Caps it's time for apologies, excuses, and teeth-grinding. In Tampa Bay it's time for celebration and rest.
As for the Caps, at least they've got plenty of time to work on their golf game now.