Bolts stick to the plan

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:10 PM ET


 TAMPA -- There will be no new game plan. The drawing board will be left alone.

 No, the Tampa Bay Lightning aren't searching for answers after dropping Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final.

 The solution is as simple as taking a page out of the Calgary Flames playbook the best-of-seven series resumes here tonight.

 "For us," said Lightning head coach John Tortorella, "the most important thing for us right now is recognizing this is a mindset.

 "It's not about Xs and Os. It's not about major adjustments. The major adjustment we have to make is realize who we are playing, respect who we are playing and change our mindset because it was not right for Game 1.

 "I just don't think we played well. They did the things that they have done to get where they are as the best team in the Western Conference. I don't think we did," he continued.

 "Some of that was due to their play, some of it was due to our play. I thought we were a bit nonchalant in playing one of the most aggressive teams in the Western Conference.

 "The Detroits are gone. The Jerseys are gone. Toronto is gone. All those teams -- Colorado -- that are usually here are gone. These teams are here and they got here for a reason, how they approached it and how they play.

 "They did, we didn't. We need to switch that (tonight)."

 Tuesday's 4-1 Flames victory has put the Lightning in a new position.

 Never before in these playoffs had Tampa Bay lost a series-opener. In fact, the club had never trailed in a series. It's a bit of adversity.

 "A good challenge for our team," said Tim Taylor. "We seem to play better when we're challenged."

 History is not on the Lightning's side.

 Of the 65 previous Cup finals, the winner took the opener on 51 occasions.

 Although that means the Game 1 victor has claimed the Cup 78.5% of the time, the Lightning is certainly not out of the affair.

 After all, the hosts controlled play through an opening 20 minutes -- despite falling behind on a fluky Flames goal.

 They had ample opportunities to draw even when it was a one-goal differential until late in the second period. It's just, in their opinion, a matter of ironing out the wrinkles.

 "There was something missing in our game, that's for sure, but we know it and we'll find it. We're a team that's bounced back all year," said Cory Stillman.

 "The first game in every series has been a struggle. We've won them but a couple of times you can say we didn't deserve it."

 That's not to say the Lightning put in a flawless performance the other night.

 Nothing that can't be corrected by being a little sharper.

 "Last series against Philadelphia, we'd win a game and lose a game. We know we have to be better, much better than Tuesday night," Stillman said.

 "We know what we did wrong. We'll learn from it and it won't happen again."


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