Friday, May 25, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning Nuts & Bolts

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D Andrej Sustr

Late-night snack: Probably some Greek yogurt with some cereal in it.

Guilty pleasure at the mall: Lately I've been shopping for suits.

Band you'd like to play with: The Gaslight Anthem

Something you are scared of: Heights

Celebrity crush: Megan Fox

50 in 50

After Capitals LW Alex Ovechkin on Tuesday scored four goals against the Lightning, talk started in Washington about perhaps Ovechkin — who has 26 goals in 30 games — scoring 50 goals in 50 games.

"Of course it would be nice to score that kind of goals in that kind of games, but I don't know," Ovechkin told Washington reporters. "It's pretty hard and almost impossible to do it right now because the level of hockey is so high."

You also have to consider how the milestone is calculated. Officially, the league says it is 50 goals in a team's first 50 games. By that measure, Ovechkin has 26 goals in 32 games; he missed two games with an upper-body injury.

Then there was this from Lightning coach Jon Cooper, who bemoaned how his team played defense against Ovechkin.

"If you're going to play D like we did that night," Cooper said, "he might get 80 (goals) in 50 (games)."

Legendary teacher

When Lightning D Matt Taormina was with the Devils organization, he played 47 games for the big club from 2010-12, when legendary Canadiens defenseman Larry Robinson was an assistant coach.

"At first you go, 'Yeah, that's Larry Robinson,' " Taormina said. "But after a while, you get to talking to him and getting to know him a little bit. He's kind of joking around with you. He makes you feel like one of the guys."

It was a learning experience, too, Taormina said: "Just slight little things you wouldn't think are important. He was a very good player in his day and a very good coach, so there's a lot to take from him."

Number of the day

.810 Save percentage for Lightning goalies in shootouts (17 saves on 21 shots) entering Saturday, best in the league for teams that had faced at least 10 shots

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