Lightning hope to buck playoff trend

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:43 PM ET

By no means do the Lightning and Penguins have a monopoly on visiting team dominance these playoffs, but they seem to be leading the trend.

The home team has dropped each of the last four games in the series, including a pair of Tampa wins in Pittsburgh by an ice-tilting combined score of 13-3.

So what gives?

"I've got a few theories on that, but I don't think I'm brighter than the next guy, so I don't think it would be a smarter answer than anybody else," Tampa coach Guy Boucher said. "There are different circumstances.

"There is pressure to win at home and it might make you play a little tight. I know it was for us in the two games at home. I guess that's happening to everybody."

Boucher has been trying to regulate his team's emotion as much as he can, including toning down the celebration following the blowout win Saturday. The rookie NHL coach knows two wins in Pittsburgh mean nothing if they are eliminated at home in Game 6.

"Last time we were (in Pittsburgh) we made the mistake of going home happy to win the game," Boucher said. "(This time) we're not happy just to win a game."


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