Friday, April 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning nuts and bolts

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D Keith Aulie

Food you can't stand: There really isn't much that I can't stand. I love everything.

Guilty pleasure at the mall: The chocolate shops.

Skill you wish you had: To play the guitar like a master.

Something you're scared of: Spiders.

Celebrity crush: Margot Robbie (actor, The Wolf of Wall Street).

More than a feeling

Interesting that after Oilers G Ben Scrivens made a record 59 saves in his 3-0 shutout Wednesday of the Sharks he said he went into the game after an "awful, awful (pregame) warmup."

"Sometimes that's the way it goes," Lightning G Ben Bishop said. "You have a great warmup and you feel really good, and it's a bad game. Sometimes when you have a bad warmup you almost keep a little more focus because you didn't feel good."

For Bishop, warmups aren't so much about stopping the puck but "just tracking the puck, moving, getting a good feel for the ice and your skates."

"The more you play, you put less and less emphasis on the warmup," Bishop said. "You know it's all about the game."

Time management

Asked on Tuesday in Toronto about his biggest adjustment to the NHL, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said to reporters, "Dealing with you guys."

Cooper was joking about his daily requirement to speak to the media, but the comment was illustrative of how relentless the league can be.

"Outside of the actual 200 (feet) by 85," Cooper said of the size of an NHL rink, "that's the stuff you really have to manage. You have to manage your life, your players, your team, your travel. It's a grind."

When Cooper coached Lightning AHL affiliates in Norfolk and Syracuse, their grind was three games in three days over a weekend.

"But then you get to take a breath Monday through Thursday," he said. "Here you don't. The games happen so fast, it's constant preparation."

Number of the day

39 Lightning goals allowed in the third period, third fewest in the league entering Saturday.

Quote to note

"He means so much to our team, but we proved to ourselves we can take serious losses like that and hang around. We've grown together as a team. I never want to duplicate what happened, but found out a lot about ourselves."

Coach Jon Cooper on losing C Steven Stamkos for (so far) 38 games.

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