This is it. The series is 3-1 after an incredible comeback and hard-fought double overtime Game 4, with the PEnguins leading the way. There will be no more tomorrows for the Bolts should the next game go the same way.
This is where we will find out what this team is really made of, and hopefully it’s not made of whatever it was made up of in the regular season. The Lightning didn’t do great in big games this year. When the division or seeding was on the line, they could quite get it done.
They were also very streaky. This can be a sign of mental instability, because you rely so heavily on momentum. With the Penguins in charge of the momentum heading back to Pittsburgh, Tampa’s going to need to get over that. They are going to have to find a way to put it in the back of their minds and focus on the task at hand.
What is good about the Lightning’s streakiness is that they can come back. They were a team that could go on streaks, and they only need three to advance. It would sound like a lot for some teams, but not this one. They have it in them, they just have to take it one game at a time.
And Stamkos has to score.