Saturday, May 22, 2004

Bolts vow desperation against Flyers tonight



Enquirer news services

TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Lightning lacked urgency Thursday night in Philadelphia when the Flyers rallied for a 5-4 overtime victory that evened the Eastern Conference series. Game 7 is tonight, and the Lightning vow not to make the same mistake. The winner advances to the Stanley Cup Finals to face the Calgary Flames.

"I think we're going to learn from our situation in Game 6," Lightning defenseman Darryl Sydor said. "It happened for a reason."

Keith Primeau's goal made it 4-4 with 1:49 remaining in regulation, then Simon Gagne won it for Philadelphia with 1:42 left in overtime. Neither team has been able to win consecutive games in the series.

"They were the more desperate team," Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis said. "They played to win, and we played not to lose."

SLAP SHOT: Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle, a Miami University graduate and former Cincinnati Cyclone, was plus-2 in Thursday's OT loss. Boyle has one power-play goal and six assists in 15 playoff games.




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