Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning Nuts & Bolts: Yzerman scores in Wings alumni return

Short shift w/D Matt Taormina

First car: Two-door Chevy Cavalier, 2002

First job: Just helping my dad out. He was an electrician. I was more of a go-fer.

Best concert you've been to: I'd say Kenny Chesney, with Zac Brown Band. It was four years ago, in Detroit. They (also) had Lady Antebellum.

What do you collect? When I was younger, we liked to travel lot, and I would get shot glasses in different cities.

How many do you have? I don't know. It's up there. It's enough to supply a good party.

Top road city: Probably Montreal. Or Chicago.

Must-see TV show: How I Met Your Mother

Never gets old

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman doesn't skate much these days, partly because of the toll his Hall of Fame career took on his knees.

But Yzerman, admittedly behind on his training, participated in Friday's Red Wings-Avalanche alumni outdoor game in Denver, an exhibition that preceded Saturday's game between the current teams at Coors Field. Detroit lost 5-2, but Yzerman had one of its goals.

Yzerman, the iconic Red Wings captain, said he played because he enjoyed his experience in a Red Wings alumni game in Detroit in 2014, joining former teammates including Sergei Fedorov. Plenty of other Hall of Famers were in this game, including former Wings Brendan Shanahan (who had the other goal) and Nicklas Lidstrom, and former Avs Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic.

Though the timing wasn't ideal — three days before Monday's trade deadline — Yzerman was happy to play again. He joked that he might make a trade between periods and pointed out he'd be back in his Tampa offices by Saturday afternoon.

"I played in the game in Detroit a couple years ago, and it was really a lot of fun," Yzerman said. "I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed seeing a lot of the guys I hadn't seen in a couple years and just getting back on the ice. I really had a lot of fun with it.

"I got a call last year from Joe Sakic saying they were going to do this game and asked if I would play, and at the time I said, 'Sure I'd love to.' At the time I didn't know it was right before the trade deadline, so I made the commitment. … It's a lot of fun. I get in, get out and get back to Tampa to focus more on the trade deadline again."

Welcome home

RW Jonathan Marchessault and his family of four finally got to move into a Brandon apartment Monday after having lived more than three months in a downtown Tampa hotel.

"It's been good," Marchessault. "And now I'm on the road for eight days."

The biggest perk?

"Cooking," he said. "No more restaurants."

Marchessault had switched hotels since his late October callup so he could have a small kitchen. But the one time they tried to cook something?

"We filled the hall with smoke," he said. "Not good."

From the fans

Q: Noticed a lot of the American players on the Lightning, and some others, stay on the blue line after the national anthem and wait until the flag is off the ice. Why is that?

G Ben Bishop: It's just something I learned as a little kid, out of respect. I don't know where I learned it. But someone taught us along the way that we shouldn't leave until it's gone, and we just stuck with it.

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