CHICAGO — The best investors will tell you there’s no such thing as playing with house money. Any money you’ve earned is yours, and yours alone. The only thing to do next is earn more.
After winning Game 3 in Chicago to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning will try to take that attitude into Game 4, also at the United Center.
“We came here to get a win. Last night we got one,” said veteran forward Brenden Morrow. “We got to get greedy and get another one tomorrow night. That’s our focus.”
Of course, that’s easier said than done. The little voice in the back of your mind that tells you that you’ve already guaranteed a split — and that’s pretty good, isn’t it? — can be tough to ignore.
The Chicago Blackhawks will have something to say about Game 4, too.
“That locker room over there, there’s no panic in their game right now,” said Morrow. “They’ve been here before. They know what it takes.”
For the Lightning, it’s about recognizing what a victory Wednesday night could mean. Going back to Tampa with a 3-1 lead? Which would leave three whole games to get just one win? And two of those games at home?
That’s reason enough to get greedy.
“We’re inching our way along, but we’re not there yet,” warned coach Jon Cooper. “I don’t think anybody’s looking ahead. We’re looking at Game4. That’s it.”