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Tampa Bay Lightning Nuts & Bolts

5 questions G Sebastien Caron

What's best about playing in Europe? You only play two games a week, so you have a lot of free time to see a lot of things.

What did you see? There's a church. It's called Munster. There were guys back in the day, they put them on top in the cages on the roof, so they died there. It's history.

Any interesting food? In Switzerland, cheese fondue. The smell is terrible but it's actually pretty good.

What goalie did you idolize? Patrick Roy, obviously; he's from Quebec. I had his posters on the wall, dreamed about it.

Is hockey in Florida a weird concept? You can get used to it.

You Can Play

When the You Can Play project approached C Steven Stamkos to do a public service announcement, he said "there were no second thoughts. It's something I wanted to be part of."

The project, headed by Patrick Burke and his dad, Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, carries the message an athlete's sexual orientation is irrelevant. It also is a tribute to Brian Burke's son and Patrick's brother, Brendan, who died in 2010 in a car crash shortly after coming out. "It's just something I thought (people) needed to be made aware of," Stamkos said. "You see all the guys who are part of (the project) and the respect you have for the Burke family and what they've done in hockey, so it was really a no-brainer for me."

Wingin' it

That Brendan Mikkelson scored his first NHL goal in his 116th game while playing wing didn't seem surprising to the Lightning defenseman, who filled in March 17 against the Blues after an injury to RW Ryan Shannon.

"I pay attention in all the meetings, so I know what the forecheck is; you know what the responsibilities are," Mikkelson said. "It's just the in-between times when things aren't scripted like they're drawn up on the board that make you a little unsure."

Wouldn't he rather have scored playing his natural position? "After 116 games, it could have been an empty-net goal," he said.



"I'd like to play again, and if I get the opportunity, great. If not, you have to resort to game plan B and figure that out."

G Dwayne Roloson, 42, on next season

Number of the day

16 Goalies who have appeared for the Lightning since Nikolai Khabibulin left after the 2003-04 season. Sebastien Caron will make 17.

Tampa Bay Lightning Nuts & Bolts 03/24/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 24, 2012 10:36pm]
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