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Lightning: Malone on Fruity Pebbles, Pyatt on face goal

Pierre-Cedric Labrie, left,
says the Penguins’ Deryk Engelland is a “loyal player” in fights.

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Pierre-Cedric Labrie, left, says the Penguins’ Deryk Engelland is a “loyal player” in fights.

5 questions LW Ryan Malone

What was your favorite breakfast growing up?

Fruity Pebbles, probably.

Do you still eat them?

I do. Those are for the weekends, the not-so-healthy cereal.

What was it like around the breakfast table?

Once I put a green piece of chalk in my brother's Lucky Charms and he ate it.

What did he do?

He came after me.

Ever do it again?

No, that was the last time.

Fair fight

If you noticed Pierre-Cedric Labrie's fight Tuesday against Pittsburgh's Deryk Engelland, you noticed when Engelland slipped and fell, Labrie stopped fighting.

That's because when the two fought in October 2009, when Labrie played for AHL Manitoba and Engelland played for Wilkes-Barrie/Scranton, Labrie slipped and fell, and Engelland held up.

"If someone hit me when I'm on the ground, next fight, for sure, you keep going," Labrie said. "But if you know the guy is a loyal player, I respect that kind of player, for sure."

Nose for the net

It was interesting the NHL listed Tom Pyatt's goal Tuesday at Pittsburgh as a wrist shot, because the puck deflected into the net off his face.

To be fair, the original shot, from teammate Nate Thompson, was indeed a wrister, but it deflected off a Penguins stick and then hit Pyatt just under his nose before floating past shocked G Marc-Andre Fleury.

Pyatt said he didn't know the puck was in until he saw his teammates celebrating: "I was down on my knees checking my teeth."

With all teeth accounted for, Pyatt enjoyed the moment.

"First time in my career," he said of getting a goal off his face. "(Goals are) tough to get in this league, so I'll take them any way I can get them."

Quote of the day

"I fight my height. Now I have to fight my age."

W Marty St. Louis, who was undrafted because he is 5 feet 7 and now believes people expect him to fade because he is 37

Number of the day

22:02 Average ice time entering Saturday for Steven Stamkos, tops among league centers

Lightning: Malone on Fruity Pebbles, Pyatt on face goal 03/09/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 9, 2013 9:01pm]
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