Lightning Go For Cup

May 22, 2004

2004 Playoffs

The Tampa Bay Lightning advanced to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in their history with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference finals.

"Obviously, you dream about this day," said Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk, who is going to the first Stanley Cup finals in his 22nd NHL season. "You don't know how you are going to feel. I feel excitement more than anything else, I feel excitement for what has happened to our club."

"I am not going to lie to you, there's no chance we thought this would be happening so quick," said Lightning coach John Tortorella, who took the job in the middle of the 2000-01 season.

"The disappointment is immense," Flyers forward Jeremy Roenick said. "It's almost to the point you feel you have to throw up. It makes you sick to your stomach."

"The battles we won in Game Six, we were not able to win tonight," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We had to mount a furious comeback in (Game) Five and (Game) Six. We had to expend a tremendous amount of energy chasing games and that was a bigger issue."

"I feel excitement for what's happened to our club, the improvements we've made in the last three years, and everybody in that locker room should be pretty proud of the situation we're in," Andreychuk said.

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