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Nuts & Bolts

Tampa Bay Lightning Nuts and Bolts

5 questions D Pavel Kubina

What's it like being injured?

It's killing me.

What do you do during games?

I always watch TV in the locker room. You get replays. I like it.

Isn't it frustrating?

You just sit. There's nothing you can do. It's very frustrating.

Do you ever shout or throw stuff at the TV?

I'm going to keep that to myself.

Why not watch from the press box?

If I go upstairs, it's almost like you want to jump on the ice.

Glamorous life

Unable to find a flight from Binghamton, N.Y., that would get to New York in time, and with no Town Cars available, F Blair Jones on Thursday took a 31/2-hour cab ride to Madison Square Garden for the game against the Rangers after being called up to the Lightning from AHL Norfolk.

But it wasn't just any cab ride. The driver picked up his wife, and they blared country music.

"I don't blame him. It's a long drive back," Jones said of the driver getting his wife. About the music, "That was bad for me."

"It was all kind of funny," Jones said. "I don't think they grasped the concept of what I was going to New York for."

Jones said he got to the Garden "about a minute" before the bus pulled up with the team. His pregame meal?

"We stopped to fill up with gas, so I got a (chicken teriyaki) sandwich from Subway."

Root, root, root

When RW Adam Hall heard Michigan State's football team will play in the Jan. 2 Outback Bowl in Tampa, he checked the Lightning schedule to see if he could attend.

Hall, 31, is a 2002 graduate of the East Lansing school and said the teams there had a good relationship.

"It was great," Hall said. "We really supported each other when I was there. I remember we were in the playoffs and some of the basketball guys came to our games. It's nice to have that kind of closeness."

But with the Lightning on Jan. 2 leaving for a three-game road trip, Hall won't be going to the Outback Bowl.

Too bad, he said. "It would be kind of cool."

Number of the day


Lightning's record since Nov. 14, 2005, in games Marty St. Louis has missed because of injury

Tampa Bay Lightning Nuts and Bolts 12/10/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 10, 2011 9:51pm]
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