Tortorella brings a relic of the Lightning Stanley Cup season in 2004



COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was the seventh game of the Eastern Conference finals in 2004.

The Lightning had lost a one goal lead in the third period of Game 6 and lost overtime in Philadelphia, and was now trying to maintain a 2-1 lead in the third period of Game 7.

The then coach of Tampa Bay, John Tortorella, gathered his team during the second half and told the players that they should never feel more confident. Then he pointed to a sign that had been hanging in Lightning's locker room all season:

Sure is death

The Lightning beat the Flyers that night and won the Stanley Cup in seven games against Calgary.

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Fifteen years later, Tortorella is training the Blue Jackets against the Lightning in the first round of the playoffs, and guess what signal hangs inside the Columbus locker room.

Sure is death

Tortorella's message to the players is that they should always be aggressive and dictate the action without being afraid of making mistakes.

He was a little vague when talking about that on Sunday, but he explained it perfectly during the 2004 Stanley Cup race in Tampa Bay:

"We do not know how to skate backwards".


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