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Lightning: Bergeron loves auto racing, Conacher goes home

5 questions D Marc-Andre Bergeron

Who are your favorite auto racers? Lewis Hamilton (Formula One) and Kyle Busch (NASCAR).

What's the attraction? Hamilton is always in the mix, and same thing for Kyle Busch.

What's special about a NASCAR race? There's lots of action, accidents, passing. It's always at the limit of catastrophe.

And Formula One? Actually, you watch the start and then you kind of fall asleep.

And then what? It's like basketball. You watch the last two minutes.

No home cookin'

LW Cory Conacher had plenty of time to visit with family and friends last week in Toronto. What he didn't get was a home-cooked meal. Conacher, who grew up in Burlington, Ontario, about 25 miles south of Toronto, said so many people wanted to get together, they gathered at a restaurant. What did Conacher miss? Mom's taco salads and grandma's spaghetti and meatballs.

"We'd do taco Tuesdays," Conacher said. "I miss my grandmother's meals just as much. We'd go there every Sunday. … But with so many family and friends, we decided to eat out."

Checking up

Because it was his first visit to Toronto as an NHL player, Conacher dealt with plenty of media, especially on game day, when he was swarmed before and after Tampa Bay's 4-2 loss on Wednesday.

Teammate Steven Stamkos, another Toronto-area native, and assistant coach Steve Thomas, who played for the Maple Leafs, kept watch and gave advice. "Be yourself," Conacher said.

That was easy. "I don't mind talking to whoever," he said. "I don't get frustrated or stressed like that. It was fine."

Quote of the day

"You never want to make stupid decisions and play when you are hurt. That doesn't benefit anyone. I'm going to play when I'm 100 percent. Hopefully that's soon."

Goalie Anders Lindback, on his high ankle sprain

Number of the day

.167 Lightning's winning percentage in one-goal games (2-9-1), worst in the league

Lightning: Bergeron loves auto racing, Conacher goes home 03/23/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 23, 2013 11:00pm]

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