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Lightning wants turnaround trip

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."

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