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Tampa Bay Lightning-Pittsburgh Penguins news and notes

Like father, (not) like son

A cute scene after a recent Lightning practice had G Dwayne Roloson teaching Marty St. Louis' 6-year-old son, Lucas, how to do the goaltender's butterfly crouch. It seems little Lucas might want to try his hand in net. "He's pretty good," Roloson said.

St. Louis, one of the league's premiere offensive players, said the career choice is okay with him. And St. Louis' wife, Heather, replayed a good-naturedly dramatic conversation she and her husband had about Lucas' future. "He said, 'Who am I to stand in the way of someone's dream,' " Heather said. " 'I had a dream once, too.' "

Cool breeze

The Lightning has brought in some heavy-duty dehumidifiers to help the ice at the St. Pete Times Forum hold up better during a time of year when the heat and humidity in the state start to rise.

Two temporary dehumidifying systems are each pumping 17,000 cubic feet of air per minute into the building.

Team spokesman Bill Wickett said the system takes outside air, cools it, filters it and sends it into the building with a relative humidity of 32 to 36 percent. That lowers the average humidity in the building 10 to 15 percent.

Number of the day

26.7 Average Lightning shots per game in the series, third-lowest in the playoffs entering Tuesday

Tickets

A limited number of club-level seats remain for Game 4 tonight. Several hundred potentially unused team tickets might be available through Ticketmaster in the afternoon (outlets, ticketmaster.com, toll-free 1-800-745-300).

The series

Game 1, Penguins 3, Lightning 0: Penguins G Marc-Andre Fleury wows.

Game 2, Lightning 5, Penguins 1: Lightning jumps on sluggish Pens early.

Game 3, Penguins 3, Lightning 2: Pens respond fast after Lightning ties it.

Tonight: at Tampa Bay, 7, Sun Sports

Saturday: at Pittsburgh, noon, Sun Sports

Monday: at Tampa Bay, TBA * #

April 27: at Pittsburgh, TBA * #

* If necessary # Sun Sports or FSN

Games 4 and 7 on 970-AM Games 5 and 6 on 620-AM

Quote to note

"It's playoff hockey. You've got some ups and downs. You win one game and you feel like you're going to win the series. You lose one game, you feel like you're not going to be able to win again. So for us it's about regrouping."

Lightning LW Simon Gagne

Tampa Bay Lightning-Pittsburgh Penguins news and notes 04/19/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:08pm]
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