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Nuts & Bolts

Lightning Nuts and Bolts

30 seconds with … Wing Alex Killorn

Someone you'd like to interview:

(Patriots quarterback) Tom Brady

TV show you are embarrassed you like:

Sometimes when I'm at home I watch Keeping up with the Kardashians with my sister, but I don't really enjoy it. I have to watch it because they watch it.

Late night snack:

Trail mix, nuts

A skill you wish you had:

To be a really good public speaker

Celebrity crush:

Jennifer Aniston

Driven to distraction

The running gag on Tuesday, while coach Jon Cooper introduced his players at an event at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, was that RW Richard Panik is a bad driver.

But is he? Or did some of his teammates pull a prank?

Here's the story: Before the introductions, Cooper got from each player something "no one else would know about you" that he could say. Four players — defensemen Andrej Sustr, Radko Gudas and Mark Barberio, and left wing Ondrej Palat — submitted some variation of "I am terrified when Richard Panik drives."

Sustr was introduced right before Panik, so when Panik walked onstage, Cooper said, "Speak of the devil."

But Sustr admitted later the players colluded to punk their friend. Not that they believe Panik is a good driver.

"Kind of crazy; gas, break all the time, all over the place," Sustr said. "You definitely want to sit in the back when he's driving."

Panik laughed but defended his skills behind the wheel.

"No, no, I'm a really good driver," he said.

Palat, next to Panik in the locker room Thursday at TD Garden in Boston, shook his head and mouthed "no."

Fight club

There has been a lot of talk lately about banning fighting in the NHL. Left wing P.C. Labrie is not on board.

"I like it," he said. "I don't like to get punched — nobody would like that — but it's such a high. It's not even comparable to a goal.

"When you're fighting, the adrenaline, you're in there for a minute just battling to survive. When you're done, you're shaking. It's an amazing feeling. When the game is done, I'm going to miss fighting, for sure."

"We're the little team everybody is going to try to come in and kick around. We've got other ideas."

Coach Jon Cooper

Number of the day

16 Overtime or shootout games the Lightning has played against the Bruins without a victory (0-7-9)

Lightning Nuts and Bolts 10/05/13 [Last modified: Saturday, October 5, 2013 9:56pm]
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