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Lightning Nuts & Bolts

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D Mark Barberio

Favorite cereal: Froot Loops

Skill you wish you had: To be able to sing

Can't-miss TV show: Dexter

The team's best-dressed player: Ryan Malone. He has so many different suits, and he brings some to the game; like, "Wow, those are A-1."

Celebrity crush: Selena Gomez

Swing and miss

The Lightning had a golf outing Monday, but rookie LW Ondrej Palat of the Czech Republic did not participate.

"I golfed three times before, and I was brutal," he said.

Rookie RW Nikita Kucherov of Russia gave the sport a try for the first time, took three swings — all misses, he said — then dribbled one a few yards. The club felt so light and flimsy in his hand, Kucherov said, he believed he would break it if he swung and hit the ground.

Despite the travails, Palat said he wants to give the sport another try.

"It's something you should do in Florida," he said.

High-end fan

Count Penguins star Sidney Crosby among those rooting for injured Lightning star Steven Stamkos to be ready to play for Canada at next month's Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

"It'd be great," Crosby said. "With what he brings, the player he is, especially on the bigger (Olympic) ice, he could be very productive."

Crosby said he reached out to Stamkos via text message after Stamkos sustained a broken right tibia Nov. 11. Having missed 10 months in 2012 due to concussion issues, Crosby said he knows what it is like to have an uncertain recovery from injury.

"I just said, 'Hey, saw what happened. Hope you're doing okay,' " Crosby said. "I said, 'Hope you're better soon and hope to see you back out there.' I was in that position, and it's nice to hear from other guys (who) encourage you because it's not a fun time."

Quote to note

"You can make it a big deal. But it's the same game, the same everything; your team versus the other team. You don't get more jacked up in March than you do for a game in November. At least I don't." — G Ben Bishop on if games get more intense as teams push for the playoffs

Damian Cristodero, Times staff writer

Number of the day

8 Lightning players with at least 10 goals, tied with the Bruins and Jets for most in the league.

Lightning Nuts & Bolts 01/25/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 25, 2014 8:41pm]
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