“The mood today is a lot different than it was last night,” Tampa Bay coach John Cooper said. “You build on things you have in the past.
“Last night was ugly. Let’s not get caught up in it, but this isn’t the first time we’ve lost one game and won the series. So, it’s not perfect, but it’s not like uncharted waters either.”
The bolts fell against the New York Islanders in Game One of the 2021 Stanley Cup semi-finals last season before winning the series in seven games.
During the 2019-20 season, Lightning dropped the first game of the second round series against the Boston Bruins and went on to rack up four straight wins to win the series 4-1.
That same year, in the Stanley Cup Final, Tampa Bay lost its first game to the Dallas Stars before winning its second-ever Stanley Cup in six games.
Someone has to lose that first game, but that’s part of the beauty of the Stanley Cup games. It is not just one game. You have to defeat your opponent four times.
It’s a long streak, said Lightning forward. pat maroon. “There will be ups and downs throughout the series. You have to know how to control it [and] Know how to take care of him. Nip it in the bud as fast as you can and come to work today and be prepared and ready for game two.
“That’s what’s good about playoffs. It’s a quick transition to the next game and something to forget, but we know what we have to do to be a good hockey team and we know what it takes to win, so we just have to find ways to create that and prepare for the second game.”
It’s been said many times, but the Stanley Cup playoffs are full of highs and lows. The teams that take it day in and day out are the ones that achieve success. You can’t think about the past, but you also can’t look far ahead. On Tuesday, bolts forward Pierre Edouard Bellemare He was asked what adjustments his team needs to make tomorrow.
Video: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare | 5.3.22
“We really did succeed,” Bellemare said. “Forget about this match. We can’t do anything about it. It’s one match.
“We played with a good team. Just come back tomorrow and it’s the second match of the qualifiers.”
If you haven’t watched the match and just looked at the score sheet, it can be easy to wonder if it’s even possible Andrei Vasilevsky He had a night off, but he really didn’t. It was a game full of solo dash, breakouts, and first-class opportunities for the Maple Leafs.
“The number looks bad, but let’s be honest,” Cooper said. “Marner was an open network of a bad kind on our part and Kampf was a separatist.
“Let’s take a look at the other things he’s done. He stopped Nylander when he broke up. He got off the list.
“Vassi is the man. I don’t want another man out there but him. If we didn’t have it in the net, it would probably have been a lot worse last night.”
Vasilevskiy spoke before the start of the post-season about the importance of his presence and the importance of his teammates in the right place for the playoffs.
“It starts inside your head,” said the Tampa Bay goalkeeper.
He conveyed that feeling to the Lightning locker room after the loss.
“Honestly, I was most impressed with the way he got into the dressing room after the match,” Bellemare said. “He wasn’t upset. Obviously, you don’t want to lose the match, but at the end of the day, you understand it’s a qualifier.
“It’s not just about these games in particular. We have to understand that there is another game coming fast and we have to focus on it.
“(Vasilyevsky) just said to make sure we understand what happened and focus on the next event.”
Losses will occur in the playoffs. In our day and age, no team would sweep an entire post-season and win the Stanley Cup. In the grand scheme of it all, a 5-0 loss carries as much weight as a 1-0 loss. Either way, you’re 1-0 down in this series. The most important is the response.
“It’s easy to be passive after a game like last night, but you know, that camaraderie in the room and even Vas coming up with, ‘Hey, it’s one match,'” said Lightning forward Nick Ball. “Get rid of it. It could have been any result, but it’s a loss. Go to the next stage and we have to win the next game.”
“[There’s] Lots of driving in that room. Don’t let negativity seep in. All are positive. We have to build on that.”
It’s been discussed frequently, but Paul’s playing style seems like a very appropriate post-season style. It’s heavy, tough on pucks, and has some dexterity to boot. After listening to his media availability on Tuesday, you can see that those qualities of a post-season kind go beyond his snowboarding abilities.
Paul’s words were the words of a strong leader, something that the Braggins often possess. It’s easy to see why Paul was an alternate captain during some of his time with the Ottawa Senators.
“It’s definitely difficult to play a match like this,” Paul said. “But everyone has to be ready and ready to do well tomorrow because if it doesn’t happen, it will happen again and we will not let that happen.
“It’s game after game. We can’t play last night and think about it last night. It’s another game tomorrow and we have to win it. We have to put this game behind us.”
“Obviously, learning things took on structures and things that we need to do better, but at the end of the day, it’s a battle. [We’ve] He must come to win. Compete on the level, each one-on-one battle, and then go from there.”
Video: John Cooper | 5.3.22
The Lightning will watch the video to gain some additional insights into some of the things Toronto wants to do, but Tampa Bay seems to be focusing more on what they’re doing rather than what their opponent is doing.
“You’ve coached your team all year to play a certain way,” Cooper said. “You better do it to the best of your abilities.
“Yes, do other teams have tendencies and do you get to know them better when you play with a team day and night? You do. But in the end, our philosophy was to focus on us.
“And yes, you play with another team. Yes, Toronto took advantage of mistakes, but they were ours.
“I know we didn’t score and any of that stuff, but boy, did we make it an easy night for him? So maybe if we change our game and do some of what our identity is, maybe it’s a different result.”
Tampa Bay will have the opportunity to change their style of play and return to their identity at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Toronto. A team that has responded well in the past, Bolts are confident they can do it again going forward.
“Obviously there are some things that we have developed that will help us improve our playing style, but not too much,” said Paul. “[It’s] Only more than inside the room [thing.] Play for each other, play hard, come to compete.
“We brought it today. High-energy training, moving legs, increased energy.
“The boys know what we have to do. We will only be ready for tomorrow.”