May 31, 2004
©Pensacola News Journal
Brian Eklund, the Pensacola Ice Pilots’ goalie for the past two years, is the third goalie for the Tampa Bay Lightning as the team plays for the NHL’s Stanley Cup. On the road in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the Lightning are down in the series, 2-1. Before Game 4, Eklund wrote his daily diary for the Pensacola News Journal.
We’re in a must-win for sure. Going down 3-1 in a series? You can’t do that? Mathematically and statistically, you don’t win.
We can’t give up — we’ve got our backs against the wall.
If we win, we’re in a three-game series with two games at our rink. I think we’d take those chances any time.
The morning skate-around went well. Same drills. There’s no undue emphasis on this game. Coach (John) Tortorella is just getting us ready for the game. He’s a very fiery guy. It’s his way or the highway.