Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Lightning to wear 'Boston Strong' stickers vs. Bruins

TAMPA — Lightning C Nate Thompson was drafted by the Bruins in 2003, spent three-plus seasons in the organization and has been at the Boston Marathon finish line.

So, when bombs went off at the finish line April 15, the shock, he said, "really hit home."

He is proud Tampa Bay players will wear "Boston Strong" ribbon stickers on their helmets to salute the city during tonight's game with the Bruins at TD Garden. The game, originally scheduled for Feb. 9, was postponed by a blizzard.

"Just showing the people of Boston and everyone in the nation that hockey is much more than a game," Thompson said Wednesday. "It's about people. It's about a nation coming together and everyone supporting each other."

Players will sign their helmets, which will be auctioned at nhl.com. Proceeds will go to One Fund Boston, which has raised more than $20 million for those directly affected by the bombings.

"Obviously, we realize there are bigger things going on in the world than just hockey," said F Alex Killorn, who attended Harvard and knows someone who sustained minor flash burns from the explosions. "For us to show our support for Boston is a great thing."

MALONE OUT: LW Ryan Malone is the first to say he has not played well lately. His turnovers in the April 18 3-2 loss to the Canadiens and Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes cost Tampa Bay goals. So, it was no surprise Malone was scratched Wednesday against the Maple Leafs.

The question is how much his injured left shoulder contributed to his troubles. And did he return too quickly after being hurt March 18 by a legal, though unnecessary, check from the Flyers' Zac Rinaldo? "Did he come back maybe too soon to try to get in, a new coach, a new era? He probably did," coach Jon Cooper said. "I have to give him a lot of credit for that."

Malone missed 13 games from Feb. 10-March 5 with a lower-body injury sustained in a pregame soccer warmup. He missed nine games after the Rinaldo hit.

Malone said the shoulder is not 100 percent but had no excuses for "not bringing anything to the table" in seven games back. "You come back to help out any way you can. Things just snowballed. You lose some confidence and end up becoming a player you don't want to be."

ADDITIONALLY: D Mathieu Roy, signed for the rest of the season, cleared waivers and can join the team today. That would seem to allow D Radko Gudas and RW Richard Panik to be sent to AHL Syracuse for the playoffs. That decision won't be made until after the Bruins game, Cooper said: "We'll see where we're at … with the last game of the year (Saturday), protection against injuries and helping out Syracuse. We're keeping our options open."

ODDS AND ENDS: Steven Stamkos' plus-5 in the 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs tied a team best. … Marty St. Louis' hat trick was Tampa Bay's first this season and his first since Feb. 26, 2012, at New Jersey. … Gudas left the game in the first period with a right ankle injury after he checked Joe Colborne but returned to start the second. … G Mathieu Garon also was scratched. … Tonight's watch party is at Guy Harvey Outpost, 6000 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach.

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