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Out of spotlight, coaches still feel the heat

Updated: May 8, 2004, 5:24 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

One thing is almost certain on the eve of what promise to be wildly unpredictable conference final series.

No diehard Sharks or Flames fans tailgating in San Jose nor Lightning or Flyers faithful whooping it up in Tampa Bay will turn to their neighbor, and say, "Gee, I hope the coach is on his game today."

They might remark on the cut of Darryl Sutter's suit or John Tortorella's playoff beard, but the four remaining coaches are, for the casual fan, window dressing to the game itself.

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