Tortorella halfway prophetic

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:52 PM ET

 Lightning coach John Tortorella was right.

 Well, half right.

  In Friday's Stanley Cup press conference, the charismatic Bolts boss claimed the Calgary Flames would be feeling the pressure in Game 6.

 Trying to win the Cup at home, according to Tortorella, would be a Herculean feat what with moms and dads and cousins all jetting to Calgary to see the game live.

 Adding to the pressure, so the theory went, would be a huge TV audience coast-to-coast in Canada, breathlessly anticipating this country's first Stanley Cup win since the Montreal Canadiens won it in 1993.

 After his Bolts beat the Flames 3-2 in overtime in front of 19,221 fans at the Saddledome, Tortorella argued neither coach's statements affect play on the ice.

 "Words from coaches don't win or lose hockey games," said Tortorella, who also saw his team lose Game 5 in overtime in Tampa.

 "I thought both teams played hard. And you look for a big play, Calgary is looking for a big play.

 "We're fortunate that we get one at the end.

 "Nik makes a big save on Gelinas there. All you could ask for as a coach is that your team continues to play hard, try to find a way and hope a big play comes your way. We were fortunate tonight to get that one."

 Tortorella said his resilient club still has some gas in the tank for Game 7 tomorrow night back home in Tampa.

 "Both teams will get their rest and we'll get at it again," Tortorella said. "It's been a hell of a series. Again, both teams are here for a reason and I think both teams have showed that. I think it was a pretty good (game) now we've got a Game 7."

 It will be interesting to see whether Flames coach Darryl Sutter tries today to place the pressure back on the Lightning.

 Bolts friends and families will no doubt be winging their way to Tampa today to see the Lightning go for its first Stanley Cup.


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