Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher has a list of things he wants to see against Hurricanes
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher will make a lot of demands on his players in Saturday's game with the Hurricanes. The most important is finding "60 minutes of urgency." But within that there is the necessity of keeping composed.
Tampa Bay players did not do that Tuesday against the Sabres, allowing a disputed goal to knock them off their game in a 7-4 loss in which Buffalo scored five third-period goals, including three in 102 seconds.
"Whatever happens, calls we like or don't like, it doesn't exist," Boucher said. "If we get a call and we're on the penalty kill, then we're supposed to be 100 degrees working hard on the penalty kill.That's something we talked about. But as you see this morning, guys are human and I have to remind them to be not human."
Boucher was referring to Friday's practice that, at times, lacked the urgency and speed he wanted to see. He most-often exhorted his players to move their legs.
"It's the team that ends up doing more than everybody else, fighting more than everybody else, being more relentless than everybody else that gets more," he said.
While Boucher said he liked that the three-day layoff between games gave him an opportunity to work on specific things, he would have rather played right away.
"It's been long to get back to the next game," he said. "You have a long time to think too much about it. We know it's going to be a full barn (Saturday). The players are aware of it. The last time it was a full barn against Washington (a 5-2 loss on Feb. 4) it didn't turn out the way we wanted it to. We want to do better (Saturday). Sometimes when you want it too much you're all over the place. We want to keep our structure, which we didn't do last game. We lost our focus."