Monday, December 11, 2017
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning: On Pyatt, pelicans and mustaches

5 questions C Tom Pyatt

Your brother Taylor plays for the Rangers. What was most annoying about him growing up?

He was always much bigger than me. So he'd kind of toss me around.

Did he order you around?

We'd be in the basement and he'd tell me "Go get my Pepsi" or something.

As an order?

He'd time me, so I had to sprint up the stairs.

And if you took too long?

He'd give me heck.

Did you ever spike the Pepsi?

I'd shake it up a little bit.

Catch and release

Some Lightning players were out on Tampa Bay on Wednesday to do a little fishing, and RW Pierre-Cedric Labrie got the big one, and it wasn't even a fish.

A pelican after Labrie's sardine bait caught itself on Labrie's hook, beginning a 20-minute struggle to help the bird by getting him on the deck.

The scariest moments, Labrie said, were when the pelican, exhausted, in the water but still fighting, submerged. That is when Labrie said he loosened up on the line so the pelican could get its head above water.

Once the pelican was onboard, the hook was detached.

"It was like it knew we were trying to help," Labrie said. "It didn't try to get away."

At the same time, he said, the pelican "was feeling shame. His head was down and exhausted."

After several minutes, the pelican, with a few extra sardines from Labrie, flew away.

Quote to note

"The cream rises when there are two teams left at the end. That's when the cream has risen. Before that, it's a battle to find out who's got the best cream." — coach Guy Boucher

To dad, with love

On the back-left side of G Anders Lindback's mask is a drawing of a large nose with an even larger mustache under it. Lindback said it is a tribute to his father, Lars, 57. "He always had a big mustache, so since I turned pro, I always wore it back there," Lindback said. "He's always been there for me. He was always taking me to hockey practice, so I thought it would be pretty cool. I think he appreciates it."

Number of the day

9 Goals scored by Steven Stamkos on Wednesdays, the fewest of any day of the week

 
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