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Nuts & Bolts

Tampa Bay Lightning Nuts and Bolts

5 questions W Marty St. Louis

(Before Thursday's game with Carolina, his first wearing a visor after a puck hit him near the left eye.)

So, you'll be wearing a visor now?

Next question.

Are you just testing it out?

Next question.

Does the (face) cage (he had been wearing) come off tonight?

Next question.

You're not being very helpful.

No, not very.

Why don't you want to talk about the visor?

(Silence)

Sly move

Rookie Brett Connolly was in an interesting situation last week when he was traded from a place he wasn't to a place he might never be.

Tri-City of the junior Western league acquired Connolly's rights from Prince George in a trade that can be classified as "just in case." If the Lightning does not make the playoffs, Tri-City reasoned, perhaps it will return Connolly to juniors. If it does, the Americans will have him.

"Some of them are reaching out to me, joking around: 'You don't want to play in the NHL. Come back to play juniors,' " Connolly said. "It's just something that happens."

Asked if he was rooting for Tri-City, Connolly deferred.

"I'm just concentrating on the Lightning," he said.

Snowed in

When 18 feet of snow recently fell on the Alaskan city of Cordova, Nate Thompson could feel the residents' pain. Or was it their chill? He is from Anchorage, about 170 miles west.

"I talked to my mom, and she said she has 6 or 7 feet of snow in front of her house," the center said.

Thompson said he has never seen a snowfall that deep, and as for winters in the Tampa Bay area, well, they don't seem so bad.

"It's crazy," he said. "They're having a real winter over there."

Quote to note

"He's one of the nicest guys on our team. He's one of those guys. He's happy every day, a big teddy bear guys love."

Coach Guy Boucher, on Pavel Kubina

Number of the day

5

Lightning victories when trailing after two periods, tied for second in the league.

Tampa Bay Lightning Nuts and Bolts 01/14/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 14, 2012 8:09pm]
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