TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning hadn't trailed in a series before last night's loss but surely its first deficit wouldn't cause anyone to reach for the panic button.
Veteran Dave Andreychuk didn't mince words when asked if it was too early to categorize tomorrow night's Game 2 as the age-old 'must-win.'
"No," said the 40-year-old Lightning leader, who holds the record for games played without a Stanley Cup ring.
"This is a must-win for us. We do not want to go down 0-2. It's not the end of the world but we could probably see it."
Just when you thought he was being a tad dramatic, along came coach John Tortorella with similar sentiments.
"I think all games are must-wins," said Tortorella.
"It doesn't matter, one through seven. The way you have to approach it they are all must- wins so, yes, I guess if you asked me about tonight's game it was a must-win, too. If you don't approach it that way, I think you are approaching it the wrong way."
While the Flames' mental approach to the playoffs has pushed them this far, it appears the Bolts aren't quite as strong, using the phrase 'desperate hockey club' to describe themselves following a 4-1 loss.
"Our desperation level has to get back to where it was in the last series," said Andreychuk.
"I think we've got to come out with some energy and be ready for their speed at the beginning of the game."
Lightning captain declares tomorrow's Game 2 ...
ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun
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