Lightning-Canadiens Game 1: Beard envy, seeing red, media influx
GAME 1: Canadiens 5, Lightning 4 OTCanadiens lead series 1-0
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Goal, 7 shots
Lightning D Radko Gudas doesn't have a problem growing a traditional playoff beard. Gudas' bushy black beard is his signature, even getting a Twitter account, @RadkoGudasBeard. On the other extreme, Gudas jokes that coach Jon Cooper is follicly challenged. "(Gudas) understands that 99 percent of the world can't grow a beard like that," Cooper said. "For him to flaunt it off, some of us are little bit envious."
NUMBER OF THE DAY
90 Credentialed media for Wednesday's Game 1 with Montreal, the only Canadian team in the playoffs. That's more than triple the average number of media for a Lightning regular-season game.
Lightning C Alex Killorn, a Montreal native, quipped that with all the snowbirds that come to the Tampa Bay Times Forum when Canadian teams play there, he hoped "we limited tickets to Tampa Bay fans." There was a smattering of red jerseys Wednesday. "That's part of the fun," wing Ryan Callahan said. "It builds it up."