Safe is death. That’s been Tampa’s mantra during this series with New Jersey. It’s even written on the wall of their locker room. The point it’s supposed to make is that they have to move and shoot the puck. It’s about not playing scared.
Well it worked. Sort of.
Tampa beat New Jersey 4-3, but blew a three-goal lead getting there. I guess Lightning coach John Tortorella should have made their mantra “Safe is death unless there’s a two goal lead. Then safe is life.”
PuckUpdate reader Javier pointed out to me last week that Tampa Bay is good at adjusting, which is how they came from being two games down to beat the Capitals. Tampa can adjust its game. But they also had some lucky breaks Monday night — Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is embroiled in the public break-up of his marriage and top Scott Stevens had to leave the game early due to a cut. That gave Tampa’s top/only line of Vinny Prospal, Martin St. Louis, and Vinny Lecavalier a chance to actually shoot the puck.
Oh. And over in Anaheim, the Ducks finally lost. I’m amazed that I’m amazed.