One win from that dream-come-true

TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 3:18 PM ET


 TAMPA -- Twenty-two years.

 One thousand, seven hundred and fifty-nine games.

 And it comes down to one for Dave Andrychuk.

 "I've dreamed for a lot of years of being in this situation," said Andrychuk.

 "Now that I'm here, I don't think I could have asked for anything more. I have a chance to win one more game to win the Stanley Cup.

 "It seems like a long time ago when I started. But I finally have my chance."

 The leader in most years and games played without winning a Cup is Andrychuk and he can rewrite the Ray Bourque story by doing so.

 "I guess I'll make that decision, if I'm going to ride off (into the sunset) like Ray after the game," said Andrychuk.

 Tonight, just by playing, Andrychuk will move into a tie with Al MacInnis by playing his 11th Game 7. Only Scott Stevens, with 13, has played more.

 BIGGER NUMBERS

 But there are bigger numbers in play for the former Toronto Maple Leaf who captains the kids of the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Calgary Flames in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final here tonight.

 "Obviously we are trying to concentrate on one thing, of going into Game 7 and playing the games of our lives," said Andreychuk.

 "We have given ourselves a chance by winning in Calgary. By no means is it going to be easy because we're at home. I think we have to realize that.

 "That's what we're concentrating on now, of stopping this streak of not winning two in a row."

 The Lightning won Games 1-3-5-7 of the Philadelphia series and then Games 2-4-6 of the final.

 ONES YOU REMEMBER

 "I believe that Game 7s are the ones you remember. Obviously this will be a game you remember for a long, long time because it's the final.

 "That's a lesson I tried to talk about before our Game 7 against Philly.

 "No matter whether you are at home or on the road, it's one game. Anything can happen.

 "I think that's the attitude we have to take into this game."


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