It took almost two months, but rookie D Mark Barberio finally made good on his promise to cut his hair to celebrate his first NHL goal (before and after, above).
The goal came Jan. 19 at Carolina, but Barberio held off until Wednesday, when he participated in Cut for a Cure to benefit pediatric cancer research. His 10-inch locks also were donated to Locks of Love, which creates hair prosthetics for kids who lose their hair due to medical reasons.
"It feels good," said Barberio, who had not cut his hair since January 2012. "That's two years of my life, so to buzz it off in one shot was a little nervous. But to do it for a good cause is great."
The cutting of Barberio's hair was such a big deal, many of his teammates came out to watch. You look a lot better!" one shouted out. Said another: "He actually looks pretty good!"
Quote to note
"It puts things in perspective that it's not the end of the world if we haven't won a game here in a little while."
Captain Steven Stamkos, on the team's participation in the Cut for a Cure program
The Lightning might yet retire the No. 25 sweater of former captain Dave Andreychuk. It currently is being won by D Matt Carle. But there will be another just-as-permanent reminder of what Andreychuk means to the organization: a 9-foot statue on Thunder Alley (the west plaza) of the Tampa Bay Times Forum near the Phil Esposito statue.
It will be unveiled before the April 5 home game against the Stars.
"At the beginning, when I announced it to my family, we were overwhelmed," Andreychuk said.
Now the Lightning's vice president for corporate and community affairs, Andreychuk captained the 2003-04 Stanley Cup-winning team and is credited with helping galvanize a youthful squad. The statue will depict him holding the Stanley Cup.
"We want to remember that moment as a community," Andreychuk said. "Ultimately, everybody holds the Stanley Cup."
30 seconds with ...
D Mike Kostka
Skill you wish you had: Flying, for sure.
Late-night snack: Ice cream
Something you kept from childhood: My innocence.
Favorite city in which to play: Toronto because I'm from there.
Celebrity crush: Ryan Gosling
Record of the day
4-0 The Lightning's against the Panthers this season, the first time it has swept the season series