TAMPA -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are playing catch-up after the first game of a series for the third time in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Each of the Lightning's four series-openers has been decided by one goal. They've lost three, including Game 1 of the Final against the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1 on Wednesday. Game 2 will be at Amalie Arena on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).
Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he feels the first game of a best-of-7 series can be a learning process.
"Game 1 is definitely a feeling-out period, especially in this series when you haven't played these teams very often," Cooper said Friday. "Especially the [New York] Rangers [in the Eastern Conference Final], we played them in December. We hadn't seen too much of them. I think some of the other games; we've lost what now, three out of the four Game 1s. So maybe we've got a little bit more panic since we were down in Game 1. I don't know, there's maybe some more focus in Game 2."