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Blackhawks, Lightning expect to be better in Game 2

by Brian Hedger


TV: NBC, CBC, TVA Sports

Chicago leads best-of-7 series 1-0

TAMPA -- The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning are in familiar situations heading into Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

The Blackhawks won the first game for the third time in their four series. The Lightning lost the first game for the third time.

The Lightning are aware how important Game 2 is, especially after coughing up a 1-0 lead late in the third period of a 2-1, Game 1 loss on Wednesday.

"However the series plays out, you don't want to look back saying, 'We were a little bit passive there,'" Lightning forward Brian Boyle said. "If you want to make a mistake, do it being aggressive. Have that confidence that got us here."

Judging by their words, confidence shouldn't be an issue. The Lightning think they outplayed the Blackhawks for much of Game 1 and plan to extend that effort to three periods this time.

"We didn't come here to come [in] second," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "We came here to win this. We got a taste of who we were playing against. It's probably in our style. This is four series, [and the] third one where we've lost Game 1. We've never made it easy on ourselves. But we came here to win this thing, and that's what we're going to try to do."

The Blackhawks oddly also sounded like a team in a hole. They took the lead in the series but weren't happy with the first two periods, when they were outskated and didn't win the battle for the middle of the ice.

"I don't think we were satisfied with the way we came out in that game," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. "We know how to get off on the right foot in the next game. The motivation is right there just to play better. At the same time, we're happy with the result that we got. It doesn't hurt to find a way to sneak one out like that, but the motivation's right in front of us to go out there and play better and harder."

Defensemen David Rundblad and Kyle Cumiskey are likely to stay in the Blackhawks lineup, leaving rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk waiting to make his Stanley Cup Playoff debut. His season was twice interrupted by injuries that required surgery and he hasn't played in the NHL since Nov. 16 against the Dallas Stars.

Chicago forward Kris Versteeg, who replaced injured Bryan Bickell (upper body) in Game 1, will play again.

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