Advice from veteran Lightning teammates gave RW Dana Tyrell a boost while with AHL Syracuse
It would have been easy in February for Dana Tyrell to hang his head when he was demoted from the Lightning to AHL Syracuse.
But the Tampa Bay right wing, who on Saturday returned to the NHL, said it was the advice from Marty St. Louis and Nate Thompson, both of whom were put on waivers during their careers, put him in the right frame of mind to help the Crunch.
"If I've got to go down there then I have to go down swinging and do my best to get back up (to the NHL," Tyrell said was the word from St. Louis and Thompson. "They told me to just go down fighting."
"For me, it was more like don't feel sorry for yourself," St. Louis said. "Just keep fighting."
Tyrell, 23, had five goals and eight points in 15 games with the Crunch. He was brought back Saturday after forward Adam Hall was lost on waivers to the Hurricanes and was plus-1 with 9:37 of ice time on a line with Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat that coach Guy Boucher said was Tampa Bay's best in a 4-1 win over Carolina.
"Dana was unbelievable last game," Boucher said. "He brought speed, was first on puck, relentless."
"It was a positive thing," Tyrell said of his time in Syracuse. "I just went down there and got my game back. I got a lot of minutes and got my confidence back. I was able to handle the puck a lot. I had some nerves coming back, but it just felt good."
"He's still a young guy," Thompson said. "He's got a lot of hockey ahead of him and he's going to have a great career. I told him to stay positive, go down there and make the best of it, and he did that."
Other stuff from the morning skate: Anders Lindback will get the start in net tonight against the Flyers. Lindback, in four starts since his forced eight days off, is 2-2-0 with a 1.70 goals-against average and .943 save percentage. ... Defensemen Brian Lee and Marc-Andre Bergeron will be scratched. ... When right wing Teddy Purcell scored Saturday against the Hurricanes, it was his fifth goal of the season but his first in 14 games. "Teddy is probably the most skilled player on our team," Boucher said. "In terms of pure skill, Purcell is unbelievable. He relies too much on his skill, and I want him to forcfe himself and rely on battling more. When he does that he looks terrific out thre. When he doesn't we're missing a big part of our game we need to get." ... Vinny Lecavalier said he plans to look into wearing some kind of double padding on his gloves and shot blockers on his skates next season. Lecavalier is expected to miss about three weeks with a foot injury that he originally sustained Feb. 2 when he was hit by a slap shot from teammate Sami Salo but was exacerbated March 12 when he ran into Florida defenseman Erik Gudbranson. Last season, Lecavalier missed 18 games with a broken hand that was hit by a puck. "Little things like that I'll think about this summer," he said of the equipment changes. ... The injuries derailed what was turning into a tremendous season for Lecavalier, who had four goals and 11 points in the eight games before he was hurt. He has three goals and 11 points 18 games since. ... Boucher on the line of Tyrell-Johnson-Palat: "They're relentless. They don't care. They get hit, they get up, they get back out there."