Tampa Bay overwhelmed by occasion

Calgary came into Tampa Bay's home and calmly turned aside the Lightning's vaunted attack.

Updated: May 26, 2004, 12:17 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Now that Tampa Bay forward Dave Andreychuk has reached his first Stanley Cup finals after playing 1,752 combined regular-season and playoff games, he sees how time is precious and realizes the urgency of the situation his team is faced with after the Calgary Flames opened the series with a convincing 4-1 victory over the Lightning on Tuesday night at the St. Petersburg Times Forum.

"This is a must-win for us. We do not want to go down 0-2. It's not the end of the world, but we probably could see it," Andreychuk told the media about Thursday's Game 2 at Tampa, Fla.

After the Flames bottled up the Lightning and held them to 24 shots, Tampa Bay head coach John Tortorella agreed with his captain.

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