The Lightning opened its Rick Paterson-for-coach campaign on Wednesday night, the first of a four-game trip out West that Tampa Bay began with one goal in mind.
Just win, baby.
"From a team standpoint," Lightning wing Patrick Poulin said, "we have to win games."
The Lightning was off to the worst start in franchise history and 0-8-1 in its previous nine games before facing the Ducks, then moving on to Los Angeles tonight.
Besides opening a four-game road trip, the Lightning was playing its third game with Paterson as interim head coach.
"Really, more than Rick getting the job or anyone getting it _ we have to win games for the Tampa Bay Lightning," Poulin said. "We have to get back in the pack and get all those negatives thoughts out of our heads."
Paterson, a candidate to be named permanent coach, was promoted to interim head coach the same day Terry Crisp was fired.
The Lightning had been off for nearly a week.
"It was a good week," Poulin said. "But now we need a big road trip. With four games on the road, I think we need to come home with at least five points."