BRANDON — Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final against the Capitals begins at 8 p.m. Friday at Amalie Arena, and the Lightning would like to avoid a repeat of its 6-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 1 of the conference semifinal.
One way it could do that is to better manage the four days between Game 5 vs. the Bruins and the first game vs. the Caps.
Coach Jon Cooper said that was high on the list of topics discussed Tuesday, before the Lightning practiced.
"We lost Game 1. We didn't feel we played all that bad, to be honest, but we just weren't as sharp, and we didn't have that edge to win playoff games and we discussed that after Game 1," he said. "But what's our approach now coming into this Game 1? To not have that repeat. So that was the biggest focus today, how we approach these next three days. Just moving forward, it gets tougher and tougher. You don't want to make a practice dropping Game 1 at home."
No Cally, Palat, Paquette
Forwards Ryan Callahan, Cedric Paquette and Ondrej Palat did not practice Tuesday. Cooper said it was a maintenance day for each. When asked about the health of his team, Cooper said, "Baring anything happening from now until Game 1, we should be good." Forward Adam Erne (lower body injury) joined line rushes Tuesday. Cooper said he is getting closer to returning.
Students can purchase $50 standing room-only tickets for all East final home games. The tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. on game day at Amalie Arena. The first 100 students are guaranteed a ticket. A valid student ID is and student rush code is needed. Overnight camping on arena property will not be permitted.
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