The Tampa Bay Lightning believe Game 1 is a lesson learned. The Lightning got a bite of playoff hockey and the aftertaste of the loss isn't one that want to swallow again.
"It's really hard to know the speed if you've never seen it by yourself," said Anders Lindback. "Or you've ever been on the ice when it's going. It's one thing to watch it on TV. It's a big difference being out there and being part of it."
The replay of Game 1 was a lot harder watching for Jon Cooper, who didn't think the overtime defeat was that bad until he saw it on tape.
"In my head, I didn't see it that way until I watched the tape," said Cooper. "Now, in saying that, I believe a lot of their success came out of our colossal errors."
The Lightning will do everything they can to re-gain advantage in this series including putting on a 'White Out' in the Forum. There are white T-shirts on every seat for tonight's game, but it's going to take more than the hometown fans to get the Bolts back in this series. Jon Cooper says his team needs 'puck possession.'
"You make those guys [Canadians front line players] play 25-30 seconds of 'D'. They are not going to have too much going the other way. The problem was they were doing that to us. A lot of that was based on us. Our entries were one and done. Turn the puck over right away and it's going back the other way. That's what got us in trouble. I wouldn't say it was a [lack of being] aggressive thing. It was more of a, let's be a little bit smarter with the puck."
Cooper knows his team is capable of making the necessary corrections. What gives them the confidence is the fact that, as bad as the played, they only lost by one.
"I think we understand what we need to do to beat Montreal," said defenseman Eric Brewer. "We just have to go and do it."
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