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Lightning: On Purcell, New York and Kurtis Foster

5 questions RW Teddy Purcell

What do you think of the movie The Shawshank Redemption? It's in my top three.

And those are? Shawshank Redemption, Usual Suspects, Dumb and Dumber.

In that order? In no particular order.

If you could have played a part, what would it have been? One of the extras in a jail cell so I wouldn't have to do a lot.

Can you act? We did a funny commercial last week. I had the most simple line, and I kept forgetting it.

New York state of mind

When Cory Conacher on Wednesday, the day before the game at New Jersey, joined nine teammates for an Italian meal, it was the first time the rookie left wing had been to Manhattan.

"Pretty intense," he said. "There was a lot of action going on, a lot of people."

So many, Conacher said, he was "afraid of getting lost in the crowd at the train station." Even so, he loved the energy. "You see every kind of person, business people, parents with children. You see people playing guitars to make money in the station. You see that stuff in the movies. It's pretty cool."

Grateful ex-teammate

The Lightning took a chance in July 2009 by signing defenseman Kurtis Foster, who was coming off a broken left leg. Foster, with eight goals and a career-best 42 points in 2009-10, was rejuvenated, thanks, he said, to Marty St. Louis.

"Marty really pushed me every day in practice and games to make better plays and expect more out of myself," Foster, now with the Flyers, told NHL.com. "When you follow a guy like that, it's going to make you a better player. I can't thank him enough."

Said St. Louis: "It comes from within you to put the time in and work so you're ready to overcome that kind of injury. I thought he did that."

Quote of the day

"It's something that you work hard toward, but it's not something you set as a goal. It's an accomplishment to be up with guys like that."

Steven Stamkos, whose 186 goals by age 23 trailed only Wayne Gretzky (329), Dale Hawerchuk (220) and Mario Lemieux (215)

Number of the day

1.73 Lightning's 5-on-5 goals for/against ratio entering Saturday, third in the league

Lightning: On Purcell, New York and Kurtis Foster 02/09/13 [Last modified: Saturday, February 9, 2013 9:03pm]
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