Lightning plays street hockey in front of White House, ready for Capitals
The “activation” exercise the Lightning did Friday morning in Washington D.C. was extremely unique, and fitting for the city. Players played ball hockey with their sticks and tennis balls on a street in front of the White House, likely catching some tourists – and secret service - off guard. It obviously helped the street was blocked off from through traffic and was just a few blocks from the hotel the team was staying at. “I’ve played a lot of ball hockey over the course of my years, but never in front of the White House,” Dominic Moore said. “I think the security guys weren’t expecting that this morning, but they enjoyed watching it, too.”
There's a link to video of them playing street hockey on the team's web site: http://lightning.nhl.com/
Other things from this afternoon, heading into today's 5 p.m. game with the Capitals:
*G Mike Smith will be in net, having picked up a win in each of the last four Lightning games.
*Simon Gagne didn't make the trip to Washington, and is doubtful to return Saturday night against the Panthers. Though Gagne (neck/back) is feeling better, and has skated with the team, coach Guy Boucher said he's not had enough practice time to be comfortable getting back into a game.
"To be honest with you, I don't want to focus on him at all," Boucher said this morning. "We've got the guys that are here. The other day, he was close. But not close enough. There's not enough team practices for him to feel comfortable right now. And he won't really get any in the next day or so it was no use bringing him on this trip."
-- JOE SMITH