Resiliency is defined as “tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” For the Tampa Bay Lightning, being resilient is something they have become quite good at over the past week. With a comeback that fell just short against Nashville, and four unanswered goals against Pittsburgh to come back from two goals down, the Lightning are showing they have what it takes to stay in games when the odds are suddenly against them.
For a team trying to find and identity, and get off on the right foot, it is a huge confidence builder to find themselves in these situations and not have the wheels fall off, so to speak. In years past, falling behind the Penguins 3-1 would have only been a speed bump on the way to a 6-1 loss. It also sends a message to the rest of the league that it’s no longer an assumption coming to Tampa will be a winter vacation spot with two points as the parting gift.
“We never feel like we are out of a game.” Lightning forward Marty St. Louis said. “Even last week when we came up short, we didn’t think we were out of it.”
That mindset is a lot different then Lightning teams of the recent past, that were skating like they thought they were out of it in the pregame skate.
So what has been the big difference this year? It starts with Lightning head coach Guy Boucher, who has been preaching being relentless from the get go. Boucher wants this team to perform like every game is game seven of the Stanley Cup finals. Couch Boucher expects every shift to be relentless, and the results of that have shown on the ice in the early going.
“I think in all the games whether we were trailing by one or two, or sometimes three, I think we’re always coming back.” Boucher said. “That’s a trademark that we have, that we need to have, and I think that’s a tribute to the character of the players we have on this team.”
And the character of the guy behind the bench as well.
With the win, head coach Guy Boucher moves past Barry Melrose on the all time Lightning wins list with 6.
The Lightning has traditionally fared well on the west coast trip they are about to embark on. They are 10-1 all time in Los Angeles, 6-5-1 all time in San Jose, and 7-7 in Phoenix/Winnipeg.
The Lightning have 13 points in 9 games. It took the Lightning 13 games to earn its 13th point last year, and 15 games to get its 6th win in regulation.
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