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Tampa Bay Lightning plays "naked shootout" after Tuesday's practice; not quite what you think



For those of you into the team bonding thing, the Lightning's post-practice game of "naked breakaways" was a useful undertaking. Players watched intently as Marty St. Louis shed his jersey, his arm pads, leg pads, leggings and his skates before finally getting the puck past a goaltender; the last player to do so.

In other words, no one missed enough breakaways to get naked. But a good time was had by all as players cheered as teammates were forced to shed pieces of equipment.

Actually, the best line was thrown after Todd Fedoruk missed a breakaway and someone yelled at the gap-toothed left wing, "Take out the rest of your teeth."

"It was fun to do," center Vinny Lecavalier said. "The guys had a good time. Guys were laughing together."

Lecavalier, too, missed enough times to remove his helmet, arm pads and jersey.

"Yeah, you start getting nervous after you lose a few pieces of clothing," Lecavalier said.

Left wing Ryan Malone and center Jeff Halpern were the instigators, though Malone was especially visible after practice skating up to teammates to get the game together. Malone said he first played the game in college. Lecavalier said he hadn't played it since his rookie season with Lightning in 1998-99.

The rules are kind of like strip poker. Every time a player was stopped on a breakaway, he had to lose a piece of equipment. As soon as you converted on a breakaway, you no longer had to shoot.

St. Louis, in order, discarded his helmet, elbow pads, gloves, jersey, both leg pads, both skates, his leggings and socks before finally scoring. Most entertaining was watching St. Louis try a breakaway while wearing one skate, and then while wearing a pair of sandals from the locker room after he discarded his second skate.

St. Louis said his mistake was discarding the gloves so early in the competition.

"I never saw a guy take his skates off before," Malone said. "But like you saw, it was a lot of fun out there. It was just something to do with some extra time; kind of lighten the mood. It's always good to do stuff together."

[Last modified: Thursday, November 19, 2009 12:15am]


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