30 seconds with …
C Nate Thompson
Where you proposed to your wife: In Hayward, Wis., at her parents' cabin, on a dock, in the morning.
TV show you enjoy watching with your wife: Modern Family
Something of which you are afraid: Mice or rats, for sure. They give me the willies.
Food you cannot stand: Liver
Band you would like to play with: Pearl Jam
We know how badly Lightning players felt about losing Steven Stamkos to a broken right tibia, but how about their opponents.
Bruins coach Claude Julien: "I don't care whether he's on another team or not, a player like that is what people pay to come and watch. This game is built on guys like that who have tremendous skills and are good leaders and everything like that."
Penguins RW James Neal, who trains with Stamkos in the summer: "It's a blow for his team, obviously, but it's a big blow for the NHL, maybe the Olympics, everybody. Guys like that, you just want them to be healthy and see them play."
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau: "For the league … people are going to miss him. He is a talent to behold."
One person who is not surprised by the success of Lightning coach Jon Cooper is Ducks LW Patrick Maroon, who in 2006-07 played for Cooper at St. Louis of the junior North American league.
Cooper got Maroon to lose weight and get in the weight room,
"He pushed me hard," Maroon said. "He knew what I needed to become a good hockey player, to move on. We talked about it, and I worked on it."
"He just needed to be pointed in the right direction," Cooper said.
But Maroon said Cooper did more than that: "He just has a real special bond with his players that just makes them want to work for him."
Quote to note
"If you ask my wife, she'll tell you that you have to have an understanding wife, a loyal dog and (a great) goalie."
Lightning coach Jon Cooper, on the keys to his success
Number of the day
6 Goals allowed by the Lightning in the first period entering Saturday, fewest in the league.