PITTSBURGH (AP) - Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher has repeatedly preached that desperation is what wins playoff series.
Boucher doesn't need to tell his team that anymore. Now, the Lightning have no choice but to be desperate.
If Boucher was attempting to motivate his team to play as if every game in the series was do-or-die, Tampa Bay faces a literal must-win in Game 5 on Friday in Pittsburgh. The Lightning trail the best-of-seven series 3-1.
Tampa Bay captain Vincent Lecavalier said the team needs to move forward after James Neal's double-overtime goal gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 Game 4 win in Tampa on Wednesday.