Former NHL coach says Lightning’s 2019 playoffs loss to Blue Jackets ‘created a monster’

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Former NHL coach John Tortorella takes some credit for the Tampa Bay Lightning’s recent success in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Lightning entered Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers after dropping 2-0 in the series and tying things up with the Rangers Tuesday.

The Lightning has won two consecutive Stanley Cup championships and is looking for a third.

Pierre-Luc Dubois (18) of the Columbus Blue Jackets and David Savard (58) of the Columbus Blue Jackets celebrate goalkeeper Sergey Bobrovsky (72) after defeating Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of the first round of the Eastern Ice Hockey Playoffs. April 16, 2019, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
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In 2019, Tortorella was coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets when he upset the Tampa Bay team with an amazing sweep in the playoffs. Tampa Bay finished with 128 points this season.

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Tampa Bay retaliated against the Blue Jackets the following year.

“We made a monster,” Tortorella told The Athletic.

Since then, Tampa Bay has won 10 straight playoff series.

Andrei Vasilevsky (88) of the Tampa Bay Lightning stays loose during a pause in game 4 of the first round of the Eastern Conference of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs April 16, 2019, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Andrei Vasilevsky (88) of the Tampa Bay Lightning stays loose during a pause in game 4 of the first round of the Eastern Conference of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs April 16, 2019, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
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Tortorella recalls: “I don’t think it was an X and O mentality. I think it was a mindset. This Lightning (2019) team was from all over the world when they played in the playoffs, and I don’t think they respect us.”

‚ÄúSometimes you have to eat it, and when you do eat it, you may still be stubborn and not want to change anything. They ate it and realized they had to change and play a little differently. They changed some people. It is the real credit of their organization that they were willing to swallow a little bit and say, ‘You know, we must change.’

Tortorella said the difference between the 2019 supplement team and this year’s team is the mentality.

Coach John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets speaks to the media after Game Four of the first round of the Eastern Conference series during the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs in the NHL on April 16, 2019, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  Columbus defeated Tampa Bay 7-3 to win the set 4-0.

Coach John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets speaks to the media after Game Four of the first round of the Eastern Conference series during the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs in the NHL on April 16, 2019, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Tampa Bay 7-3 to win the set 4-0.
(Jimmy Sabao/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The Lightning is two wins away from returning to the Stanley Cup Final.

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