Stanley Cup Diary Of Pensacola’s Eklund – Day 3

May 27, 2004

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The Tampa Bay Lightning suffered losses of different sorts Tuesday night, when the visiting Calgary Flames captured Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, 4-1.

An electrical fire caused $300,000 in damage to the home of Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle as he played across town.

Lightning reserve goaltender Brian Eklund, who did not dress for the game, said Wednesday that the team has to win tonight’s Game 2. A Pensacola Ice Pilot the past two seasons, Eklund is writing a daily diary for the News Journal.

Here is Eklund’s diary for May 27:

Boyle seems OK. He was saying, ‘‘I’ve never heard of a person’s house burning down while he’s playing a game.”

He lost so much stuff – clothes, sports memorabilia. The team’s rallying around him. We’ve got a whole bunch of apartments by the rink.

The fire department did a good job. They tried to save as much as they could. It was difficult.

We really squandered something (with Tuesday’s loss). I think we were overconfident for it. For sure, we squandered a great opportunity to get a lead in the series. We have to find a way to regroup and get out there. We have to get back to what got us this far. Take that mentality and be the aggressor. Not sit back and expect talent to win the game.

Game 2 is a must win for us. Every game in the playoffs, every game in the Stanley Cup is a must win. Every game is the biggest of the series, the biggest of our careers.

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