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Nuts & Bolts

Lightning nuts and bolts

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D Jean-Philippe Cote

Food you cannot stand: Really not a big fan of horseradish.

Skill you wish you had: Speak a lot of different languages.

First car: A Pontiac Sunfire.

Favorite TV show: The Mighty Boosh (a British comedy).

Celebrity crush: Kim Basinger.

Super happy

There weren't any hard-core Broncos fans among his teammates watching the Super Bowl, so there was no reason for Tyler Johnson to gloat too much about the Seahawks' 43-8 victory. But the Lightning center was basking nonetheless in Seattle's first NFL title.

"It was pretty awesome," the Spokane, Wash., native said. "For them to actually win the Super Bowl was pretty cool for me because I have so many friends who were in the celebration with them and the parade. And seeing all the pictures and seeing everything that they were doing, it kind of makes you wish you were there."

As for his celebration, it was low key.

"There was no one who was a diehard Denver fan, so I can't really rub it in anyone's face," Johnson said.

Still, he said of the Seahawks, "It was awesome they were able to do that."'

Fight night

When RW J.T. Brown was pushed into Jonathan Bernier during Thursday's game, the Maple Leafs goalie began wailing on Brown with his blocker. That sparked a major skirmish in which everyone on the ice was involved, including Tampa Bay G Cedrick Desjardins, who skated the length of the ice to challenge Bernier to fight.

"I was just doing it for the team," said Desjardins, who was rebuffed in his request and got a two-minute penalty for leaving the crease. "He was going after our guy. That was the reason. I have nothing against him. I actually like the way he plays."

Desjardins, who said he has been in two goalie fights (one in junior, one as a pro), said he reacted on instinct.

"I just asked him if he wants to go," he said. "I asked him, 'Why are you punching our guy? If you want to punch our guy, you have to go with me.' I respect Jonathan a lot. It was more a hockey play. Nothing against him personal."

Quote to note

"It's politics to a certain degree. He has to pick his own guy. His own guy is good, but Claude is better."

Flyers chairman Ed Snider on Lightning and Canada GM Steve Yzerman choosing Marty St. Louis over Philadelphia's Claude Giroux (right) to fill Steven Stamkos' Olympic spot

Number of the day

2 Lightning victories when trailing entering the second period, tied for the league's second fewest.

Lightning nuts and bolts 02/08/14 [Last modified: Saturday, February 8, 2014 9:05pm]
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