Friday, June 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning's Purcell changes to Kevlar

TAMPA — Add RW Teddy Purcell to the small but growing list of Lightning players wearing cut-resistant Kevlar socks.

As with C Steven Stamkos, Purcell said he is making the change because of the injury to Senators D Erik Karlsson, whose Achilles tendon was accidentally shredded by the skate of Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke.

"They're a little bit of a different texture," Purcell said. "But if you can save yourself a big injury like that, it's something you want to get used to."

Other Tampa Bay players wearing the socks include: D Marc-Andre Bergeron, RW Richard Panik and D Keith Aulie.

Aulie said he has worn the socks since, as a member of the Maple Leafs, he saw D Dion Phaneuf sustain a cut inside his left knee from the skate of Ottawa's Peter Regin that required 21/2 hours of surgery.

Still, players have complained the socks are heavy and hot.

"They are heavier, and you have to get used to them a little bit," Aulie said. "But these are freak injuries. If it can help (prevent) a freak injury, why wouldn't I wear them?"

Bergeron said he would like to see cut-resistant wrist pads.

"But at the same time, it's not like sheet metal," he said. "There's a limit to it, but it sure will help."

SHOOTS, SCORES: F Alex Killorn said his goal Tuesday against the Maple Leafs — a flip from 44 feet that skipped through G Ben Scrivens — was "the easiest goal I ever scored other than into an empty net."

"I'm just putting pucks on net," said Killorn, 23, who has two goals, three points in five games since his Feb. 10 call-up from AHL Syracuse. "Things are going my way, I guess."

GOOD WORKS: RW B.J. Crom­been and LW Cory Conacher met with Rays OF Sam Fuld to talk about their involvement with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

All three have the disease, and Crombeen and Conacher this month joined Fuld at USF for a sports camp for diabetic kids.

"It's about proving diabetes isn't a disease that can stop the things you want to do in life," Conacher said. "It's not a disease that's harmful if you take care of it and control it."

Added Crombeen: "It's to encourage the kids they can do anything they want and that it's something you can manage if you put the time into it."

TAYLOR MADE: Former Lightning C Tim Taylor was honored as part of the team's 20th anniversary celebration that highlights moments and players as voted by the fans.

"I'd love to come back and give them acknowledgement because I owe them that," he said.

Taylor, director of player development for the Blues, was with Tampa Bay from 2001-08, was a leader on the 2004 Stanley Cup team and in September 2006 was named captain.

"I just loved being part of the team," said Taylor, who now revels in the careers of former teammates such as Vinny Lecavalier, Marty St. Louis, Brad Richards and Dan Boyle.

"To see those guys, where they are now, as leaders, you hope you instilled something good in them," Taylor said. "If you had any part in their careers, that's what makes you proud now."

ODDS AND ENDS: Toronto has a league-high 20 fights. … W Ben Pouliot has two goals and seven points in his past four games. … The Lightning went with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. … F Adam Hall was scratched.

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