TAMPA, Fla. – Watching Bolts captain Steven Stamkos in the post-game media session after losing in overtime 3-2 to the Avalanche, you got a sense of shock, frustration, and sadness coming from the two-time Stanley Cup champion.
“The feeling sucks right now,” Stamkos said. “We know what it feels like to be in their shoes. Have a chance to win at home. For us, we go in, our backs are against the wall. We’ve done it before, in these playoffs, we’ll have to do it again.”
It was almost like Stamkos was trying to convince himself.
While Bolts coach Jon Cooper questioned if Colorado’s Nazem Kadri’s overtime-winning goal was good or not, Stamkos was clearly looking ahead to Game 5. The odds are heavily stacked against the Lightning and Stamkos knows it.
“It’s extremely tough to get to this position when your backs are against the wall and at the end, it’s the toughest mountain to climb,” Stamkos said. “There’s nothing to lose now. We’ve got to go out and have the game of our season.”
Stamkos admits the Lightning have not been good on the power play this series. Colorado has killed off 13 of 14 Tampa Bay power plays. Stamkos says they’ll make some adjustments.
He also hinted that no one outside of the Bolts locker room knows just how beat up this team is.