TAMPA, Fla. | Listen to Guy Boucher and his Tampa Bay Lightning and you think they don’t belong on the same sheet of ice as the Capitals. Even up 2-0 in this Eastern Conference semifinal series, the Lightning – at least publicly – are the furthest thing away from being overconfident.
“I think the illusion is it’s 2-0. Tonight it’s 0-0 when we start the game,” Boucher said. “What we’ve done the last two games absolutely has no bearing on what’s going to happen tonight. We start back from scratch. That’s been our attitude.”
To be fair, Boucher has been playing the David vs. Goliath card since before the series started. He’s stunned when the Caps don’t score on the power play (he’s the only one). He’s amazed the Washington offense hasn’t woken up and gone off.
But his team seems to be buying into it. If the Lightning come out flat, it won’t be because they are complacent. Veteran winger Marty St. Louis pointed out how the Caps have outshot the Lightning in both games and that Tampa Bay has won both because of some bounces.
“We’ve done nothing yet,” St. Louis said. “We might be 2-0 in the series, but I don’t think it’s been played like that. I don’t think we feel like that.”