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Tampa Bay Lightning defeated Colorado Avalanche on Saturday in the second game of the Stanley Cup final, and veteran Stephen Stamkos had a message for his team after the defeat.
Stamkos told his teammates from Lightning after the 7-0 defeat to get up and return their heads to the series.
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“It was not completely acceptable, especially at this time of year,” Stamkos said of the defeat, through Atletico. “Listen, people will be watching this game tonight and they will probably think the series is over. But our group, we are a very resilient group.
“So, whether it’s one-nothing or seven-nothing or 10-nothing, it’s a defeat in the playoffs and you have to move on. We have to come together as a team and as a person. Let’s go home. in front of our fans, and let’s see what we’re made of. “
Lightning have been in dog fights all postseason.
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Tampa Bay fought the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, defeated the Presidential Cup winners, the Florida Panthers, in the second round and returned from a 0-2 deficit and defeated the New York Rangers in the conference finals. Not only that, the Lightning have played 67 post-season games since August 1, 2020 – the most for one team in a three-playoff period.
Former NHL star Justin Williams said that it is something that could burden Tampa Bay players.
“You’ve played a tremendous amount of games, and the playoffs are obviously just a little more physical, a little more so while you’re playing them,” said Williams, who will become an NHL analyst starting Game 3. From now on, these guys are disappearing. Listen, they’ve played a lot of hockey, but when you get this far in the playoffs, you’re currently working mostly on adrenaline.
“You feel pretty good, and I’m sure they’re not ready to use the excuse of playing too much hockey right now.
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The third game is scheduled for Monday night at 20:00 ET in Tampa, Florida.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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