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Fleury prepared for Lightning strike

Monday, 04.18.2011 / 4:25 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2011 ECQF: Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay Live Blog

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2011 ECQF: Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay Live Blog
Fleury prepared for Lightning strike
Pittsburgh goalie Marc Andre Fleury is sure of one thing: The Tampa Bay Lightning are going to come out flying in Game 3 of this series that shifts to St. Pete Times Forum in the Sunshine State on Monday.

"They played a pretty similar style in both games in Pittsburgh, coming out hard, playing fast and getting off a good start," Fleury said. "They come in a lot to the net, going for tips, rebounds and screens. That's something we expect once again.

"Their forwards are fast; they come back quick and we have to be aware of that," Fleury added. "Now being home, we expect that same thing."

Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis knows the team must match that intensity or else it could mean a long night.

"It's playoffs so you have to match intensity because if you don't, you won't win," Dupuis said. "They have come hard at us the first two games at home and I don't see why they wouldn't try to do the same thing here in front of their fans so we do have match that intensity. We do have to manage the puck better in the first … I don't like to say whether the storm, but they will come out hard and we know that."

Defenseman Paul Martin feels the Pens just need to maintain their aggressiveness on the puck.

"In Game 2, we weren't able to establish much of a forecheck and that hurt," Martin said. "It's a desire and mindset and commit to doing the little things. Get the pucks in the right areas to help our forwards get in there and establish that forecheck and get pucks to the net."

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres