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Nuts & Bolts

Tampa Bay Lightning Nuts & Bolts

5 questions C Vinny Lecavalier

How have your kids Victoria, 19 months, and Gabriel, 8 weeks — changed your life?

It's cliche, but you really don't know until you have kids how much you love them.

What's your favorite part of being a dad?

In the afternoon, you put them down for a nap. It's a lot of fun.

How are you at changing diapers?

Pretty good. When the boy came, it was a little different. You had to put that cone over him so the pee doesn't get you.

Do your parents spoil them?

Yes, with their time.

How do they melt your heart?

Every time (Victoria) sees a Lightning (logo), she says, "Go, Papa."

Seeing clearly

For Lightning center Steven Stamkos, the best part of HBO's 24/7 series about the Rangers and Flyers leading up to the Jan. 2 Winter Classic was seeing New York's Artem Anisimov apologize to his teammates for the Dec. 8 fracas with the Lightning.

Anisimov, if you recall, celebrated a goal by mock firing a rifle at Tampa Bay G Mathieu Garon.

"For me, the coolest thing was seeing how sincere his apology was," Stamkos said. "It makes you look at the whole issue in a different way."

Would Stamkos want the Lightning to be part of 24/7?

"Yeah, it's great for the game," he said. "It would be cool to be in that."

Tanguay to fans: My bad

Flames W Alex Tanguay basically delivered an apology to Lightning fans for his awful 2009-10 season in Tampa Bay, in which he had career lows of 10 goals and 37 points and was a healthy scratch for the first time in his career.

"I wish I could come back here and play a full year and show Tampa fans I'm a better player than I was the year I was here," Tanguay said. "I'd give anything to have another shot at that year. It is what it is, and I'm trying to learn from the experience and move on."

What did Tanguay learn?

"I learned hockey is a game where you have to work extremely hard," he said. "In order to be successful, you have to have your head in the right place, and obviously, at times I realize, looking back, my head was not always in the right place."

Number of the day

11 Lightning regulation road losses, most in the league.

Tampa Bay Lightning Nuts & Bolts 12/17/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 17, 2011 10:45pm]
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