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Rick Tocchet: Mike Smith's injury for Tampa Bay Lightning unrelated to tantrum

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — G Mike Smith was not hurt during the tantrum he threw after being pulled from Friday's loss to the Flyers, coach Rick Tocchet said.

Smith beat up a water bottle, smashed his stick and overturned a cart in the hallway leading to the locker room. He missed two subsequent practices and missed the two-game trip that winds up tonight in Pittsburgh.

But Tocchet repeated general manager Brian Lawton's assertion Smith should be ready in a "couple of days," and insisted the upper-body injury did not occur during the outburst.

"No, no, no, no," Tocchet said. "It wasn't him smashing his sticks and stuff. It's something he's been dealing with."

Of the treatment Smith has received in Tampa, Tocchet said, "I heard positive stuff."

Also positive, Tocchet said, no one was hit by flying debris as Smith took out his frustration:

"If I had gotten a splinter, he would have been in trouble."

BOILING OVER: RW Marty St. Louis gave referee Paul Devorski a piece of his mind after the game. The discussion became heated enough that a linesman stood by in case it escalated.

The topic: two minor penalties for which St. Louis was called in a span of 2:20 of the third period, doubling his season total of four minutes.

A cross-checking penalty with 1:55 left in the third wiped out St. Louis' apparent tip-in goal that would have cut New York's lead to 3-2.

It was the fourth Tampa Bay goal nullified during its three-game losing streak.

St. Louis' main beef was the non-call on 6-foot-1, 203-pound Radek Martinek, who cross-checked St. Louis before St. Louis' penalty.

"I went flying," he said. "I get back up, I just want to battle for position. I tried to push him, he bends down so my stick rode up his back a little bit."

And then a little sarcasm from the 5-7 St. Louis: "I'm pretty sure he's okay."

RECALL: Karri Ramo served three games of a six-game AHL suspension for leaving the bench to join an altercation when he got the call to rejoin Tampa Bay.

"Painful," he said of sitting out. "You can't really think what to do. You get pretty bored."

MALIK SKATING: D Marek Malik is skating with the team but can't say when he will return. Malik, out seven games with an ankle injury, said he still has pain when he puts his weight on the joint while turning.

ODDS AND ENDS: RW Mark Recchi's assist gave him 1,415 points, 16th all-time. ... G Mike McKenna was the 42nd player to suit up for the team, a league high. … Fs Jussi Jokinen and David Koci were scratched.

Rick Tocchet: Mike Smith's injury for Tampa Bay Lightning unrelated to tantrum 02/03/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 8:30am]

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