Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Gudas quick to get in Penguin's face

TAMPA — Rookie D Radko Gudas said he didn't have to get in the face of Penguins LW Brenden Morrow in between the second and third periods Thursday night.

He wanted to.

Gudas stood up for G Ben Bishop, whom Morrow took a run at earlier in the second, putting a shoulder to his head and knocking him down. There was no penalty called, and Bishop downplayed it, saying "we were just having fun."

But Gudas' response was symbolic in a particularly physical 6-3 loss to the Penguins, which included a combined 23 penalties for 60 minutes.

"We don't get pushed around," Gudas said. "It's a team mentality. If somebody pushes us around, we're going to go after him."

Gudas had four of the Lightning's 13 penalties, including a 10-minute misconduct penalty late. The Pens had 10 penalties.

At one point in the third, there were eight players in the penalty box for various reasons, and the reasons ran the gamut: Lightning RW B.J. Crombeen and Penguins D Douglas Murray for fighting, Gudas a double-minor for roughing, and even Lightning C Steven Stamkos for unsportsmanlike conduct.

"We showed up and we didn't get pushed back," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "The game started to get a little bit physical, and I thought we took it to them in that department."

MEDICAL MATTERS: If all goes as Victor Hedman plans, the defenseman should be back playing Saturday at Washington.

Hedman has missed four games since sustaining a lower-body injury April 4 against Carolina. He has been skating by himself and Thursday pushed himself in the morning skate.

Because the injury is not structural, Cooper said Hedman's status will be determined by his pain tolerance. "I really want to play and I'll do whatever it takes to win," Hedman said. "But if I'm not 100 percent, or at least 90 percent, I can do more harm than good for the team on the ice."

FINALLY: The only complaint Pierre-Cedric Labrie had about his first NHL goal was that it took 12 games. He felt he had so many opportunities before scoring Tuesday against the Senators in his 12th game. "It was time for it to happen," Labrie said. "I was just bringing the puck back to the net. I didn't expect it to go in; hockey karma, you get what you deserve. Hopefully, it's just one of many coming."

GOOD CAUSE: C Vinny Lecavalier said his Cut For A Cure event on Wednesday — Carle, Teddy Purcell, Alex Killorn and B.J. Crombeen also shaved their heads — raised $150,000 for pediatric cancer research. Donations can be made through May 3 at

ODDS AND ENDS: Former D Pavel Kubina was honored as part of the team's 20th anniversary celebration. … RW Brett Connolly's second-period, power-play goal Thursday was his first tally in 55 games (Nov. 17, 2011). … C Tyler Johnson, who began the season with AHL Syracuse, was named an AHL first-team All-Star. Connolly and D Mark Barberio were second team. … Forwards Ben Pouliot, Dana Tyrell and Tom Pyatt were scratched.

Gudas quick to get in Penguin's face 04/11/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 12, 2013 10:40am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays vs. Orioles, 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Tropicana Field


    Today: vs. Orioles

    12:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM

    Tickets: $15-$275; available at Tropicana Field box office,, surcharge of up to $5 within 5 hours of game time.

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  2. Bruce Arena blends intense demands with humor to lead U.S. soccer


    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Bruce Arena bites his fingernails religiously, a habit he has had since age 10.

    Among some other unmentionables.

    Bruce Arena
  3. Red state: Yes, Bill O'Reilly is a Bucs fan


    TAMPA -- The question was simple enough for Bucs fans: Why is former Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly wearing a red Bucs polo?

    O'Reilly was wearing the polo during a few video clips from his "No Spin News" podcast posted on his website Monday, which was exciting news for some Bucs fans and not-so-exciting …

    Former Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly was sporting a red Bucs polo during his "No Spin News" video podcast Monday. An assistant said the shirt was given to him by former Bucs tight end Dave Moore.
  4. For starters: Slumping LoMo, Dickerson not in Rays lineup tonight vs LHP


    1B Logan Morrison and LF Corey Dickerson, two of the main slumpers in the Rays lineup, are not in tonight's lineup with the Orioles throwing LHP Wade Miley.

    Logan Morrison is 0-for-12 on this homestand.
  5. Ex-Buc Booger McFarland becomes ABC college football analyst


    Former Bucs defensive lineman Booger McFarland is continuing his broadcasting rise by joining ABC's studio coverage for the upcoming college football season, ESPN announced Tuesday.

    Former Bucs lineman Booger McFarland (No. 92) will become an ABC studio analyst this college football season.