Andreychuk no captain panic

AL STRACHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 5:13 PM ET

 Even though the Tampa Bay Lightning lost yesterday, captain Dave Andreychuk has been around long enough to look at the bigger picture.

 "When it's a long series, it's a grind," he said. "You have to battle through some things. You have to play through adversity. We expect our team to do that.

 "That's a good team over there," he said of the Philadelphia Flyers. "There are going to be some surges when they play very well and we have to be able to handle that."

 It's a best-of-three series now with the Lightning having the home-ice advantage.

 "We've got to be ready to play in our own building," Andreychuk said.

 "It's not going to be any easier just because it's there. We learned that in Game 2."

 And Game 5 isn't until Tuesday. For the second time, the teams have a two-day break in the hope of ensuring a Saturday game for American television.

 "I'd like it to be the way it was in the '90s," Andreychuk said. "Four games in five nights. That's what the game has evolved to. TV has taken over."

 For that matter, so has Keith Primeau. The Lightning has to find a way to keep the Flyers captain under control.

 "You just try to match it as best you can," Andreychuk said. "He has some confidence and he's skating very well.

 "He's one of the premier players in the league. That happens in the final four. You have players like that on both sides who take control of games."


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