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Tampa Bay was struck by lightning through a Colorado avalanche in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday and veteran Steven Stamkos gave his team a message after the defeat.

Stamkos told his Lightning teammates to pull themselves up with a 7-0 blow and get back into the series.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Station Steven Stamkos (91) clashed with Colorado Avalanche defenseman Devon Toves (7) in the first half of Game 2 on Saturday, June 18, 2022 in the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Final in Denver.

Tampa Bay Lightning Station Steven Stamkos (91) clashed with Colorado Avalanche defenseman Devon Toves (7) in the first half of Game 2 on Saturday, June 18, 2022 in the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Final in Denver.
(AP Photo / David Zalubowski)

“It’s not entirely acceptable, especially at this time of year,” Stankos said of the damage. By Athletic. “Listen, people are going to watch this game tonight and maybe the series is over. But our team, we’re a very solid team.

“So whether it’s one-nothing or seven-nothing or 10-nothing, it’s a loss in the playoffs and you have to move on. We have to move forward as a team and as an individual. Let’s go back home. In front of our fans, let’s see what we’ve made of.”

Lightning has been in the dogfights all season.

Avalanche Root Lightning 7-0 to take a 2-0 lead in the Cup Final

Colorado Avalanche defender Jack Johnson (3) controls the puck while Tampa Bay Lightning Center Ross Colton (79) defends for the third time in the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Final Game 2 in Denver on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Colorado Avalanche defender Jack Johnson (3) controls the puck while Tampa Bay Lightning Center Ross Colton (79) defends for the third time in the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Final Game 2 in Denver on Saturday, June 18, 2022.
(AP Photo / John Locher)

Tampa Bay battled the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, the President’s Cup winners in the second round, picked up the Florida Panthers and came back from a 0-2 deficit to beat the New York Rangers in the conference final. Not only that, Lightning has played 67 post-season games since August 1, 2020 – the most played by a team in three playoffs.

Former NHL star Justin Williams says it puts a huge burden on Tampa Bay players.

“You’ll play extraordinary games, and playoff games are a little more physical, a little more everything when you play them,” said Williams, who will become NHL Network Analyst starting with Game 3. Right now, these guys are declining. Listen, they played a lot of hockey, but after you got this far in the playoffs, you’re mostly running with adrenaline right now.

“You feel very good, and as an excuse for playing more hockey, I’m sure they’re not ready to use right now.”

Tampa Bay Lightning Center Steven Stamkos (91) controls Puck during the first leg of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Final Game 2 against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Tampa Bay Lightning Center Steven Stamkos (91) controls Puck during the first leg of the NHL Hockey Stanley Cup Final Game 2 against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver on Saturday, June 18, 2022.
(AP Photo / John Locher)

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Game 3 is set for Tampa, Fla on Monday night at 8pm ET.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.