Tampa Bay getting down and dirty

With a style based on team speed, the Lightning fool some opponents into thinking they can be pushed around.

Updated: June 1, 2004, 2:54 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Talk about Calgary's lack of discipline all you want, and it certainly was a big factor, but that shouldn't hide how well the Lightning withstood everything the Flames could throw at them in Tampa Bay's 1-0 Game 4 victory that evened the Stanley Cup finals at two games apiece Monday night at the Saddledome.

Getting run hard and tested physically and mentally is nothing new to the Lightning in the playoffs, and they continue to show they can handle it. First the New York Islanders, then the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers and now the Calgary Flames are learning that the Lightning aren't a bunch of softies who can be intimidated.

"Well, I think we are aware of it coming into this series. Our defense doesn't hold up for each other, there's no picking. That's the way we play and they know that, so they are vulnerable to getting more hits because of that," Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk said. "You can see it's a little different style than what they play, they are running interference all the time. For us it's -- I think we played through it. We're aware of it coming into this series. We knew what to expect. We knew that they were going to skate well and they were going to hit.


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