Lightning’s Steven Stamkos message to teammates: 7-0 loss in Stanley Cup final ‘completely unacceptable’

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The Tampa Bay Lightning was detonated on the road by a Colorado avalanche Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final On Saturday, the more experienced Steven Stamkos offered a message for his team after the loss.

Stamkos told His Lightning teammates are chasing 7-0 blow to pull himself up and get his head back in the series.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Center Steven Stamkos (91) clashes with Colorado Avalanche defenseman Devon Toes (7) during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Final Saturday, June 18, 2022 in Denver.
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

“It wasn’t completely acceptable, especially at this time of year,” Stamkos said of the loss, through athletic, “Listen, people are going to watch this game tonight and probably think the series is over. But our group, we’re a very resilient group.

“So whether it’s One-Nothing or Seven-Nothing or 10-Nothing, it’s a loss in the playoffs and you have to move on. We have to prepare as a team and as an individual. Let’s get back home in front of our fans. , and see what we are made of.”

Lightning has been in dogfights after a whole season.

Avalanche Lights 7-0 to lead 2-0 in the Cup Final

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jack Johnson (3) controls the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning Center Ross Colton (79) during the third period in Game 2 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday, June 18, 2022 in Denver.

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jack Johnson (3) controls the puck as Tampa Bay Lightning Center Ross Colton (79) during the third period in Game 2 of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday, June 18, 2022 in Denver.
(AP Photo/John Locher)

Tampa Bay fought the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, defeated the Presidents’ Cup winners, the Florida Panthers, in the second round and came back from a 0–2 deficit. beat New York Rangers Conference finals. Not only that, the Lightning have played 67 post-season games since August 1, 2020 – the most by a team in three playoff periods.

Former NHL star Justin Williams said this is something that could take a toll on Tampa Bay players.

“You’ve played an extraordinary amount of games, and the playoff games are obviously a little more physical, a little more everything as you play them,” said Williams, who became an NHL Network analyst starting in Game 3. Will go Right now, these people are disappearing. Listen, they’ve played a lot of hockey, but once you get that far into the playoffs, you’re mostly running on adrenaline right now.

“You feel great, and that’s one excuse for playing too much hockey that I’m sure they just aren’t ready to use.”

Tampa Bay Lightning Center Steven Stamkos (91) controls the puck during the first period in Game 2 of the team's NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, June 18, 2022 in Denver.

Tampa Bay Lightning Center Steven Stamkos (91) controls the puck during the first period in Game 2 of the team’s NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Finals against the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday, June 18, 2022 in Denver.
(AP Photo/John Locher)

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Game 3 is set for Monday night at 8 p.m. ET in Tampa, Fla.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.