Friday, July 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning Nuts & Bolts: Boyle, Carle have Frozen Four legacies

Short shift w/ C Cedric Paquette

Must-TiVo TV show: Prison Break

Favorite movie: Classic one, Miracle

Best restaurant in Tampa: Eddie V's

Top trash talker in NHL: Brad Marchand (Boston)

Anything creative he says? I remember he's calling (at) guys who are just getting called up, "Enjoy your stay. You're going back down after."

Ideal vacation spot: Cancun

Funniest teammate: Jonathan Marchessault. He's funny.

Hobbies? I like tennis. I don't play much anymore, but when I was younger, I played tennis a lot.

Frozen in time

With the Frozen Four coming to Tampa this weekend, several Lightning players reflected on their memories of college hockey's pinnacle.

For center Brian Boyle, it's hard to forget. Boyle, who went to the Frozen Four three times with Boston College (2004, '06, '07), hit the post with two seconds left of the 2006 championship game in his junior year. Boston College lost 2-1 to Wisconsin.

"It's hard," he said. "It doesn't go away."

Though Boyle never won a national title, he enjoyed the experience that came with the tournaments. "It's something you want to be part of," he said. "It's great exposure, playing in NHL buildings, a lot of media. It's a lot of fun. I had a great time in those tournaments. It was something I'm very thankful for."

Boyle's Eagles are in this year's Frozen Four and play Quinnipiac in Thursday's semifinals at Amalie Arena. Boyle will be out of town with the Lightning but plans to send them a message.

Defenseman Matt Carle's alma mater, Denver, is also in the Frozen Four, playing North Dakota on Thursday. Carle won two national championships with Denver, in '04 and '05, and in 2006 won the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player.

What they're saying

"This is one of the elite teams in our conference. This is one of the best teams in the league."

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, on the Lightning

Numbers game

57 Consecutive sellouts by the Lightning since last season, including the playoffs, capped off by Saturday's regular-season home finale against the Devils.

First fight

Wing Jonathan Marchessault, at 5 feet 9 and 174 pounds, isn't afraid to throw his body around. Or tick off opponents. On Thursday, he dropped his gloves for his first NHL fight, taking on Canadiens defenseman Darren Dietz (6-1, 201). Marchessault, who had a few fights in juniors and had one in the AHL, more than held his own. "I'm not the best at it," Marchessault said. "But if I get (mad), I will (fight)." Marchessault said that with the Lightning "flat all game," down 2-0, and Dietz cross-checking him in the ribs, he thought the timing was right. "You try your best to light a spark."

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