Stanley Cup Diary Of Pensacola’s Eklund – Day 7

May 31, 2004

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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. Game 4 is set for Monday. Eklund is writing a daily dairy for the Pensacola News Journal.

We’re down 2-1, but the team’s mood is, we did it to ourselves.

We know we can play better as a team and we have to do that if we want to win. We just have to go out and execute.

We dominated the first period Saturday. They had few faceoffs in our zone. A few shots. The bounces went their way and they managed to capitalize. They’re a good team, they take advantage of mistakes and we have got to get better at controlling the puck.

We have to continue to play hard out there.

We had an optional skate Sunday afternoon.

I’d say pretty close to half of the team showed up. That’s pretty good.

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