They had won 47 games this season, and few of those were won by going meekly. Just when it seemed the Tampa Bay Lightning would do that, and then some, to fall behind 3-1 in their playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Down 2-0 in the second period, they rose on up. And it started with sweater No. 26. Doesn't it always seem to be that way? Marty St. Louis refused to lose, again. He will never go gently. And neither did the Lightning as they took the Penguins into overtime 2-2 Wednesday night at the Forum. "We have to be hungrier and tougher," St. Louis said before Game 4. "We have to answer tonight." Thing is, for the first half of regulation, maybe more, the Bolts hardly made a sound. They came out with no sense or urgency, were soft to the puck, lost battle after battle and fell behind 2-0. They were quite lifeless. St. Louis didn't have a shot in the first period. The Penguins had their skates on the Bolts' necks and were beginning to push down. And then, in an instant, it changed. With a little more than three minutes left in the second period, Vinny Lecavalier skated through the neutral zone and saw St. Louis just ahead on the right. Vinny flipped a pass just over the blue line. And there was Marty, zipping into the Pittsburgh zone past two Penguins defensemen. Ben Lovejoy tried to stop 26, but Marty was in, and he beat goalie Marc-Andre Fleury low, far side, and the Lighting were alive, down just 2-1.
St. Louis refuses to let Bolts go quietly
Tampa Tribune | Apr 21