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Lightning: Hedman, Lindback and Hives

5 questions F Alex Killorn

Who was Harvard's biggest rival in Boston?

Boston University. We're so close, literally down the road.

So, did it hurt Friday to practice on BU's ice?

A little bit.

How hyped is Boston for college hockey?

It's huge. All the Massachusetts guys look at Harvard, BU, (Boston College), and they all know each other.

How fast do you get sucked into it?

Pretty fast.

Are you over your BU hatred?

I don't know if I'll ever be over it, but it's not too bad.

Flashback

While D Brendan Mikkelson and RW Pierre-Cedric Labrie were with AHL Syracuse for two-week conditioning assignments, the Crunch went 7-0-0. But Mikkelson, top left, downplayed their effect. "That's a pretty good team down there, a close group of guys," he said. "That wins them a few games. (Coach Jon Cooper) does a great job of creating that teamlike environment that is so positive."

Mikkelson said players who last season were with AHL champion Norfolk, which set a North American pro hockey record of 28 straight wins, are getting as confident as that team, though their winning streak stopped at eight.

"Guys are feeling good," he said. "A few said they were getting the sense of the team last year when things were rolling."

Bees to honey

D Victor Hedman, top left, and G Anders Lindback, both from Sweden, got a thrill Wednesday before departing on a four-game trip when they met the Swedish rock band the Hives, who opened for Pink on Thursday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

"They're big hockey fans, and I like music, so it was a thrill for me to meet them," Hedman said. "They've been playing together for 20 years, and they're really big back home, so it was pretty neat."

"A really cool band, so it was nice," Lindback said. "It was too bad we weren't home for the concert. I'll catch them back home."

"It's an important time for players, coaches and management not to fall apart, (to) look for solutions and stick together and work to get better and figure out ways to get points in the standings."

GM Steve Yzerman, on Tampa Bay's 3-10-1 slump

Number of the day

3 Lightning rookies — LW Cory Conacher, F Alex Killorn and RW Richard Panik — who this season have winning goals, most for a team in the NHL.

Lightning: Hedman, Lindback and Hives 03/02/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 2, 2013 10:26pm]
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