Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning Nuts & Bolts

5 questions D Brian Lee

You're from Minnesota. Are there really 10,000 lakes? There are more than 10,000.

How many are there? I don't know. You have to Google it.

Why isn't the state motto "We have more than 10,000 lakes?" I don't think they want to brag.

How many of the lakes have you been on? About 40.

Do you fish? For walleye, but sometimes they're a struggle.

Cut for a Cure

Six Lightning players have volunteered to have their heads shaved to raise money for cancer research, programs and care.

Captain Vinny Lecavalier, above; forwards Teddy Purcell, below, Brett Connolly and Tom Pyatt, and defensemen Bruno Gervais and Marc-Andre Bergeron will "go bald" on March 30 at the Pepin Hospitality Centre in Tampa.

"It's a great way to support the kids that go through it, and raise money," Lecavalier said.

Donations will go to the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg and Tampa's Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Last year's Lightning event raised $41,262, said Nancy Crane, foundation executive director, and the campaign in the Tampa Bay area raised $238,290.

To donate, go to Lecavalier's website, vinny4.com, or pcfcutforacure.org.

Slip sliding away

Because he hasn't played much this season, Mike Commodore, left, hasn't fought much, either, and the Lightning defenseman admitted it probably showed during his bout Tuesday with Bruins heavyweight Shawn Thornton.

"He knows what he's doing," Commodore said. "He's very good with both hands."

But Commodore said the fight was not as bad as it probably looked with Thornton winning a decision.

"Actually, the good thing is I slipped underneath most of them," Commodore said of Thornton's punches. "It doesn't look really good. I worked on my slipping that fight."

"That's pretty cool. That's really neat. I didn't even know I had a point until after the game. I got a point before my first win? That's pretty crazy, eh?"

G Dustin Tokarski, on getting an assist during his first NHL win, 6-1 Tuesday over the Bruins

Number of the day

70 Phone, text and email messages C Steven Stamkos said he received Tuesday after scoring his 50th goal.

   
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