Bolts are put off their game

AL STRACHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:58 PM ET


 The Tampa Bay Lightning knew they weren't going to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers if they kept on playing as they were, but they couldn't help themselves.

 "As soon as the puck was on a guy's stick, it was like it was a hot potato," defenceman Dan Boyle said last night following the Lightning's 5-4 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wachovia Center.

 "From the youngest guy to the oldest guy, there was not just one guy to blame. It was everybody. We just didn't get it done.

 "Hanging on for dear life is just not acceptable."

 Dave Andreychuk did what a good captain should and tried to deflect the blame away from his teammates, instead giving credit to the Flyers.

 "They came at us quite a bit," he said. "It was not the way we wanted to play the third period. But that's their team. They were down by one goal and looking at being done for the year. They were playing desperate hockey."

 The Lightning tried to nurse the 4-3 lead they took into the third period and that is not their style. They stopped making the plays that have made them the powerhouse that they are and tried to erect a defensive shell.

 But when the Flyers kept coming at them, they didn't seem to know what to do.

 Coach John Tortorella sensed this and called a timeout midway through the overtime.

 "He told us to relax and play our game," Boyle said. "We were just getting rid of the puck. We had to play our game. We were in overtime at that point and we were just trying to get rid of it instead of making a play. You're not going to win that way."


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