Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning: Barberio on guitar

5 questions D Mark Barberio

How is your guitar playing? I'm still struggling with it, getting better.

Did you play any other instruments growing up? No, never.

How did you get started? I always liked music and always wanted to try it, so I picked up an acoustic guitar this year.

Any other musicians in the family? My dad used to play the accordion, and my sister used to play the piano.

What band would you want to play with? I'm into alternative rock music. I really like the band Bush, and Oasis, too.

Body shot

RW Marty St. Louis, 37, agreed that posing naked except for a pair of athletic shorts for ESPN The Magazine's annual body issue was "stepping out of the box for me." But even he had to admit the photo of his chiseled physique — crafted through years of work with trainer Ben Prentiss — came out "good."

"Shooting those pictures is not easy," St. Louis said. "I had that feeling that I was out of my element. But they asked me, and I thought it was the right time."

"You hear about Marty's body and his legs, and you get to see it in that picture," teammate Steven Stamkos said. "We were giving it to him pretty good, but everyone, I think, deep down is jealous that they weren't in there."

Asked if he will frame the picture, St. Louis said no.

"I'll just keep the magazine," he said. "Maybe my trainer will frame it."

"I want to get it to a spot that when a team knows we're next on the schedule and opponents come in to our building, they say, 'Boys, buckle the chin straps, we're going to be in for one tonight.'"

Coach Jon Cooper, on the identity he wants for the Lightning

Number of the day

1.25 Points, entering Saturday, averaged by RW Marty St. Louis, 37. The only other NHL players that old to match: Mario Lemieux, 37, in 2002-03; Gordie Howe, 40, in 1968-69.

Good intentions

The Capitals on April 7 were going to beat the Lightning, but Tampa Bay F Alex Killorn figured a 3-2 score would look better than 4-2.

So as Washington star Alex Ovechkin, with four seconds left and an eye on an open net, skated past the Lightning bench, Killorn reached out with his stick to try to disrupt the play.

"I figured I was going to take a penalty so he wouldn't score," Killorn said.

Even though Killorn clipped Ovechkin's stick, Ovechkin scored for the 4-2 final. In any case, it was a futile effort. Rule 56.7 says if a player from the bench disrupts a play toward an open net, a goal is awarded.

"I thought it would be a smart play," Killorn said. "In the end it was just a stupid thing to do."

 
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