Saturday, May 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning Nuts and Bolts

30 seconds with … Center Tyler Johnson

Skill you wish you had:

I wish I was really outgoing right away and be able to talk to anybody.

Last book you read:

The Theo Fleury book, Playing With Fire.

Most embarrassing music you listen to:

Justin Bieber. I have a few of those.

Food you can't stand:

I don't like tomatoes; not a fan at all. It's weird, though, because I like ketchup.

Celebrity crush:

Mila Kunis.

A subtle warning

Panthers wing Kris Versteeg said he does not believe Radko Gudas tried to hurt him in March with a hip check that caused a season-ending knee injury. But Versteeg on Thursday had this to say about the Lightning defenseman:

"I don't think it was intentional; maybe a little reckless the way he threw the body. … He's a young guy, and he's going to realize through his time in the league that if you're going to play like that, you're going to have to step up sometimes."

Friendly enemies

Lightning coach Jon Cooper and Panthers coach Kevin Dineen have been friends since their days coaching in the American Hockey League — Cooper for Norfolk and Syracuse, Dineen for Portland.

Before Thursday's game between their teams, Cooper talked about how their NHL competition "will never come between our friendship."

"A great guy," Cooper said. "I enjoy his company. I'll enjoy it more when we beat him."

"You cheer for individuals," Dineen said. "But when it comes match to match, you're looking to give them a good tail-kicking."

Tampa Bay did the kicking Thursday, 7-2.

Quote to note

"To come out of that (season-opening road trip winning) two out of three, you figure you've done the job. But if you don't get the job done at home, that trip won't mean as much to us. We have to back it up."

Captain Marty St. Louis (right) on the Lightning's seven-game homestand.

Number of the day

1 Lightning player who has scored even strength, on the power play and shorthanded in the same game, which Steve Stamkos accomplished in Thursday's 7-2 win over the Panthers.

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