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Bolts overcome absence of two key players

Originally Published: May 31, 2004
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

CALGARY, Alberta -- Down two games to one in the Stanley Cup finals, in a hostile building on the road with two key players (defenseman Pavel Kubina and left wing Ruslan Fedotenko) suddenly sidelined by injury, the Tampa Bay Lightning were up against it.

But, as they've proven all year, this Lightning team is a pretty resilient bunch.

"It was ugly as hell, but we found a way," said Lightning coach John Tortorella, like a proud father, after his club held on for a series-tying 1-0 ...

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