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Tampa Bay Lightning Nuts & Bolts

Stuffing for stuffing his face

For Lightning RW Adam Hall, Thanksgiving in Kalamazoo, Mich., was a pretty traditional affair. Aunts, uncles and cousins would come over to the house, and the feast would be the usual turkey with cranberry sauce, and oh my goodness, the stuffing.

But Hall, who might have been salivating as he spoke, refused to give details of his favorite side dish.

Is it made with regular bread crumbs? With raisins? Apples? Walnuts? What?

"Secret family recipe," he said. "My mom wouldn't even tell me. It's very heavily guarded. But I didn't care. Somehow it always got to the table."

Color enhancement

Lightning players joined the Movember movement to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other men's diseases by growing mustaches this month.

C Nate Thompson's Fu Manchu is pretty cool, and G Mike Smith said Malone's bushy 'stache makes him look like former Flames great Lanny McDonald. Malone, in turn, said LW Marty St. Louis' mustache makes him look like a police lieutenant.

But it was the mustache of C Steven Stamkos that got the most attention last week, because not only did he dye his blond whiskers darker so they could be seen, they enhanced to a scary degree his resemblance to his father, Chris.

Next for Stamkos, "I'm going to dye my hair now, too."

Everyone is welcome

LW Ryan Malone and his wife, Abby, opened their Tampa home on Thanksgiving to Lightning players who didn't have family around and had nowhere to go.

Abby went beyond the traditional "gigantic" turkey, as Malone called it, and also cooked ribs and a duck.

Malone said his Thanksgiving wasn't exclusive to U.S. citizens. "Whether they're Canadian or whatnot, they're in the U.S., and it's Thanksgiving here," he said.

Quote to note

"As (former UCLA men's basketball coach) John Wooden used to say, it's amazing what a team can do when no one cares who gets the credit. That's what's amazing about our room. Our players are extremely dedicated to each other. Every game is a different hero." — Lightning coach Guy Boucher

Number of the week

75 Goals Steven Stamkos will score this season if he keeps his current pace. That would be sixth-best all time. Wayne Gretzky has the record, 92.

5 questions | C Nate Thompson

You're down to a trim 210 pounds. How much weight did you lose during the summer? Probably 3 to 5 pounds.

What is your body fat? Seven percent.

Was it diet or exercise? The combination, but I really tried to focus on eating right.

What did you avoid? Chips and stuff like that.

What's your guilty pleasure? Watching football and eating wings is something I have to stay away from.

Tampa Bay Lightning Nuts & Bolts 11/27/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 27, 2010 9:11pm]

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