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Wednesday, May 26, 2004
Which Tampa team shows up?

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Wednesday, May 26

Tampa rebound?
Which Tampa Bay team can we expect for Game 2?
-- Peter, Ridgewood, N.J.

Tampa Bay forward Brad Richards: Desperation is going to come into play a little bit, but we still have to stick to our game plan and do the things that got us here. We just have to compete harder and be a lot sharper overall. We can't worry about what Calgary did in Game 1, we have to worry about ourselves.

Tampa Bay forward Vincent Lecavalier: We know Calgary is going to work hard and they played well last night, but we have a lot of character and we're not questioning ourselves. We spent a lot of emotion against Philadelphia, but that shouldn't be an excuse. We were a second behind in Game 1, and now we know what it's going to take to outwork them. Coach talks about doing the little things, making the smart plays like chipping the puck past the defense rather than trying to make a move at the blue line and maybe turning it over. But determination is going to be big, and we'll have that.

Calgary defenseman Andrew Ference: We expect them to come out with a high degree of desperation. It's the Stanley Cup finals and if they're not playing with desperation, giving it their all, I'll be the most surprised person in the building. I'm sure they're not happy with the way the game went. But both teams are going to come out desperate and play hard. Just because we won that first game doesn't mean we don't want to win that second one just as bad.

Veteran leadership
What has Dave Andreychuk's leadership meant to this Tampa Bay team?
-- Geoff, Bristol, Conn.

Tampa Bay forward Martin St. Louis: Dave's experience and numbers speak for themselves. He will always be a goal scorer, but he came here and filled a role, changed his game a bit. He's more of a defensive-oriented player now but can still score 20 goals while doing that. To me that's tremendous. He leaves it all out on the ice every night in every situation and for us to see that, sometimes actions speak more than words. Dave's been in the league a long time and is the oldest player on the team, but he's our hardest worker. His voice weighs a lot in the dressing room, but his actions, I think, weigh a lot more.

'Bulin Wall crumbling?
Question for Lightning coach John Tortorella: Nikolai Khabibulin was shaky in Game 1. How do you expect him to respond in Game 2?
-- Dan, Dover, Del.

Tortorella:The last time I saw Nik fight things a bit in the playoffs -- during the Philadelphia series -- I liked his response. He's gone through some scrutiny and some situations where he had to answer for some things, and he's been terrific in those situations. I don't even worry about his response. He will be there. He will be our best player and lead us in the team's response in Game 2.

Follow the leader
Question for Jarome Iginla: Who were your role models growing up?
-- John, Asheville, N.C.

Iginla: I grew up in Saint Albert, outside Edmonton, so I loved Wayne Gretzky and I loved Mark Messier's leadership. And I was the only black player on my team so I looked up to other minority players like Grant Fuhr in Edmonton, Claude Vilgrain and Tony McKegney. When kids would ask what the chances of me making the NHL really were, it was nice to be able to say "Hey, look at Fuhr winning Stanley Cups and Vilgrain and McKegney scoring goals. They made me see what was possible.

For Jarome Iginla: Would you like black kids today to say "I want to be like Jarome Iginla"?
-- Rosy, St. Johns, Mich.

Iginla: Absolutely. I think about that and I take pride in it because I know what it meant to me to have those kinds of guys to look up to. I remember watching Dale Craigwell and Fred Braithwaite win the Memorial Cup with Eric Lindros in Oshawa, and it meant a lot to see them and other young black players coming up. It's a neat feeling to think maybe there are some kids out there looking at me in the same way, and I try my best to be a good example to them.