Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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C Steven Stamkos

Favorite candy: Swedish berries

Skill you wish you had: The ability to fly

Most annoying habit: Biting my nails

Something you kept from childhood: I actually have a little replica ticket stub of the Maple Leafs game from the day I was born, Feb. 7, 1990.

Celebrity crush: Blake Lively

Olympic experience

Considering Marty St. Louis wasn't on Canada's original Olympic roster — he replaced injured teammate Steven Stamkos — the Lightning captain is not taking his gold medal for granted.

"It means a lot," he said. "It's not so much winning the gold. It's everything that goes into it; the hard work to stay on top of your game just to have that opportunity. I feel like it's a victory not just for me, but for my family, for the people who helped me along the way."

And considering the warnings about possible terrorist attacks, the Games went off like clockwork, St. Louis said, which made the experience more memorable.

"It was amazing," he said. "The way we heard about it before going, (I was) a little worried, I guess. But it was beautiful. Security was great. It was clean. The accommodations were awesome. All in all, it was a very easy Olympics for an athlete."

Olympic experience II

The bronze for defenseman Sami Salo (above middle) was his third Olympic medal playing for Finland and, given the injuries his team overcame, perhaps his most special.

"It's tough to put them in certain spots; which (one) is the highest ranking. But it ranks right up there with the achievements I've had," said Salo, who also has a silver from 2006 in Turin, Italy, and a bronze from 2010 in Vancouver.

"We didn't have the strongest team on paper, but we pulled through. We had real strong team chemistry, and everybody bought into the system. It was a really great experience."

Before the Games, Finland lost two centers to injury, including Tampa Bay's Valtteri Filppula. It lost another during the Games.

"That's not easy to fill up," Salo said.

"But all the guys who were put in those positions chipped in and did their job really well and gave us a chance to compete for the gold medal."

Quote to note

"I was probably more worried about him making the Olympic team than about hearing rumors about Marty being moved. I'd be more worried if I started hearing rumors I was getting traded."

Coach Jon Cooper, on Marty St. Louis (right)

Number of the day

46 Times the Lightning has been shorthanded in the third period, fewest in the league

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