TAMPA BAY – The comeback began with silence.
The Lightning locker room was dead quiet when coach Guy Boucher stood to address his team at the end of the first period Saturday. What do you say to a team that has just been pummeled into submission? Boston had taken a 3-0 lead in the most embarrassing of ways – off dreadful turnovers and stupid plays. The goaltender who had lifted the team and the franchise, Dwayne Roloson(notes), had been pulled in favor of Mike Smith(notes), who recently pondered whether he'd ever play for the Lightning again. Nobody at the St. Pete Times Forum could possibly watch that first period of Game 4 and think the Lightning would come from being down three goals and win an NHL playoff game.
So what do you say?
Boucher is normally an emotional fellow, and most coaches would have given the fire-and-brimstone act. Most coaches would have lapsed into the do-or-die rant. Some coaches might have even threatened jobs.
Boucher didn’t do any of that.
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