EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) After a very un-Dallas Stars-like first overtime period in which they sat back and let the Tampa Bay Lightning take it to them, players and coaches in the locker room had a very distinct message.
"We've got to play to win, let's go at them, let's get back on our toes and get skating again," coach Rick Bowness said. "We found our legs. We found our second wind."
And it's their second win of the Stanley Cup Final to force a Game 6 Monday night that these teams see very differently. The plucky Stars are embracing the underdog role missing several key players to injury and feel as if they're playing with house money, while the deep, talented Lightning still feel like the favorites up 3-2 in the series and are confident based on recent experience they'll be able to close the series out in their next opportunity.