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Nuts & Bolts

Lightning Nuts & Bolts

30 seconds with D Victor Hedman

How best to eat reindeer: Wild stew with reindeer meat. Put it on an outdoor fire. It's delicious.

Best Christmas present: My first one-piece stick, and it broke on the first practice.

Worst Christmas present: Shampoo

What annoys your girlfriend about you: I forget things.

Celebrity crush: Izabella Scorupco (model and Bond girl in 1995's GoldenEye)

Snakebitten

Flyers center and former Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier is starting to believe he is a bit snakebitten. For the third straight season, he was off to a good start (nine goals, 15 points in 23 games) but sustained a fairly serious injury.

"It's definitely not what I wanted," Lecavalier said. "I felt great on the ice, but these injuries, I don't know what to say."

Lecavalier missed nine games from Dec. 2-20 because of a fractured vertebra. He returned for one game before the holiday break and had an assist.

In 2011-12 for Tampa Bay, Lecavalier, with 21 goals and 46 points in 58 games, broke his right hand Feb. 18 and played just six more games. Last season, with four goals and 11 points in seven games, he bruised his left foot and tried to play through but was never the same.

"It's not anything like last year," Lecavalier said, adding he is 100 percent. "Hopefully, I'll finish the season strong and don't get any more (injuries)."

Career shift

Considering he was out of the NHL for 2,875 days, playing in the minors and Europe, it is no surprise Lightning D Jean-Philippe Cote considered other forms of employment.

He said he wouldn't mind going into the auto parts business with his father, Alain, who owns three such stores back home in Quebec City.

There also is this: "I don't talk about it a lot, but I try to write a little bit."

Cote said he has written a couple of children's books about hockey he hopes to get published.

"I have a couple of years at least to set myself up for my after-career," he said.

Quote to note

"Actually, no, I don't."

Valtteri Filppula, asked if he knew about the Governor's Cup, which the Lightning clinched Monday by winning its season series with the Panthers

Number of the day

6 Times the Lightning has been shut out this season, tied with the Predators and Oilers for the league lead

Lightning Nuts & Bolts 12/28/13 [Last modified: Saturday, December 28, 2013 11:42pm]
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