'They beat us at out own game'

AL STRACHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 2:20 PM ET


 There wasn't much accord on the ice last night at the St. Pete Times Forum, but there was quite a bit off it.

 Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla agreed with what was being said over in the Tampa Bay Lightning dressing room.

 The Lightning won the battles and, ultimately, the game 4-1 to even the best-of-seven Stanley Cup final at one win apiece with Game 3 scheduled for Calgary tomorrow night.

 "We didn't deserve it," Iginla said. "We weren't good enough. It's the Stanley Cup final. We realize that we've got to be better and we will be."

 There was no sense of panic in the Calgary room. Just a sense of disappointment and a promise to learn a lesson.

 "We've got to be better," Iginla said. "This has happened to us before. They were more desperate and Kipper (goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff) kept us in there."

 The aggravating aspect, said Iginla, was the manner in which the Lightning got the win.

 "They beat us at our own game," he said. "We've got to go back to our game. We know every one of us can be more physical and more intense. We need to be more intense.

 "It was 1-0 going into the third period and we had a chance to win, thanks to Kipper. But we didn't," Iginla said.

 The game got a little scrappy in the third, but there was nothing unduly serious or unexpected, and Iginla didn't mind.

 "That's the way it should be played," he said. "It's not supposed to be easy. It should be a battle and a war.

 "All year long, we've enjoyed playing that style, and we've won our share of those games.

 "They won the battles (last night), but we'll be better next time."


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