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Nuts & Bolts

Lightning Nuts & Bolts

30 seconds with RW Marty St. Louis

Late-night snack: Barbecue chips.

TV show you like to watch with your kids: Hockey.

What your wife says is your most annoying habit: My closet is a mess.

Skill you wish you had: Play the guitar.

Celebrity crush growing up: Demi Moore.

On an island

Lightning coach Jon Cooper became an Islanders fan during his four years at Hofstra University, which sits across the street from the Nassau Coliseum.

It wasn't just proximity. Cooper's high school buddy Brad Lauer played for New York at the time and used to provide free tickets.

"Back in those college days, when you couldn't squeeze two pennies together, it was nice to have an in to get free tickets," said Cooper, who graduated from Hofstra in 1989. "I got to know quite a few of the (Islanders): Derek King, Mick Vukota, all the way down the line."

Cooper played lacrosse for Hofstra, but he also played club hockey on a team that played at the Coliseum.

"Hockey was always a passion," Cooper said. "I just happened to be a bit better lacrosse player than I was a hockey player."

Moment to remember

J.T. Brown's goal on Dec. 15 against the Red Wings wasn't his first but in a way might be just as memorable for the way he outmaneuvered and out-muscled at the net Pavel Datsyuk, one of the league's premier defensive players.

"It gives you more confidence," Brown said. "No matter who it was, I'm still going to try to get to the front of the net to the areas where you score those goals. So, yeah, he's one of the best defensive players in the league, so it's pretty cool."

Stat of the day

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Tampa Bay's 3-2 shootout victory over the Islanders on Tuesday — which featured Valtteri Filppula's tying goal with 3.8 seconds left — was the first time in team history the Lightning won after trailing by two goals in the final three minutes.

The last time Tampa Bay scored a tying goal in the final five seconds of regulation was Nov. 18, 1995, when Alex Selivanov tied the Canucks 4-4 with three seconds left. The Lightning won that game 5-4 in overtime.

"I'm really proud of the fact that I'm here, but I don't see that as the end of the road. I want to hold on to that chance they gave me. Whatever I can bring on the ice, off the ice, I'll give it all for the organization."

D Jean-Philippe Cote, called up last week from AHL Syracuse after 2,875 days in the minors

Lightning Nuts & Bolts 12/21/13 [Last modified: Saturday, December 21, 2013 10:08pm]
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