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How Tocchet earned Lightning's trust

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08:33 AM ET 01.08 | Rick Tocchet could not recall exactly when his lightbulb moment occurred, but he knows the difference it has made in how he handles his players. It was three or four weeks ago, he said. The Lightning was losing, he believed some players were not doing their jobs and, "I personally was getting too negative. "Instead of being positive in certain situations, I would take the negative route because the losses were bugging me. As a coach, the one thing you have to learn is when to push the buttons." It seems the first-time coach is starting to push the right ones as well. Tampa Bay enters tonight's game at Phoenix on a 4-2-1 streak. And an informal poll of players indicates Tocchet, still considered interim after taking over Nov. 14 for the fired Barry Melrose, has won their trust.

St. Petersburg Times

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