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RW Teddy Purcell
Food you cannot stand: Avocado. Just the texture.
Band you'd like to play with: I can't play any instrument, but if I could, I'd love to play with Pearl Jam.
Worst dresser on the team: Alex Killorn. He wears bad shoes.
Best Halloween costume you've worn: The Grim Reaper. My dad did all the face paint.
Celebrity crush growing up: Danielle Fishel (Topanga on Boy Meets World)
Minus never a plus
Lightning D Victor Hedman's minus-5 on Oct. 19 against the Bruins reminded former Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk of the night he was minus-5 and how, as he said, "I used it as motivation that, 'God, I don't want this to happen ever again.' "
Andreychuk was a rookie with the Sabres during the 1982-83 season in a 6-2 loss to the Red Wings that included, as Andreychuk recalled, two empty-net goals by Danny Gare.
"I took the game sheet and hung it in up in my (locker) stall and wrote on it with a Sharpie 'minus-5,' " Andreychuk said. "No one wants to be minus-5. It's tough to swallow. It definitely leaves a mark."
A new career?
Even though Lightning C Steven Stamkos said he had a fine time shooting his new, and funny, Coke Zero commercial, he added, "I think I'll stick to hockey."
"It's something that is fun but it takes a lot of work," he said of the nine hours it took to create the two-minute spot. "You have a new-found respect for actors and stuff like that, the actual time they're there."
Though the commercial was well-received for its wit and charm, Stamkos said, "It's definitely getting a little more press than I'd like. The camera crews were pretty good at editing out all my mistakes, so it was fun."
You can view the commercial at tampabay.com/blogs/lightning.
"The whole team and how we really were together. A lot of guys stepped in. The star players played great. Obviously, the best memory was winning the last game at home."
Blackhawks and former Lightning G Nikolai Khabibulin, on his memories of Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup run
Number of the day
10 Regular-season overtime goals for Lightning RW Marty St. Louis, one of five players with at least 10 for their current teams. Also: New Jersey's Patrick Elias (15), Washington's Alex Ovechkin (12), Phoenix's Shane Doan (11) and Vancouver's Daniel Sedin (10).