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Time crunch prevented Andreychuk from talking

Curious why Dave Andreychuk did not speak during a ceremony honoring him Tuesday at the St. Pete Times Forum?

Turns out the Lightning asked its former captain to stay mum to ensure the game began, as the league mandates, no more than 30 minutes after warmups.

Add the scoreboard package, which included extended comments from Andreychuk, and team spokesman Bill Wickett said of the program, "We thought it was appropriate."

The time Lightning players spent in the locker room after warmups was shortened from the usual 20 minutes to nine so the program could begin and be completed in the allotted time, Wickett said.

Andreychuk said he understood the time constraints but was disappointed he was not able to speak.

What would he have said?

"I obviously would have thanked the organization for giving me this night," he said. "Secondly, I would have thanked the people of Tampa, who have shown me so much respect.

"Everywhere I've gone, it's been awesome. It was pretty emotional for me (going to the Times Forum). I wish I would have been able to say something."

FINALLY: The past month or so has been difficult for Marc Denis. The Lightning goaltender hadn't won since Oct. 26, was on a 0-5-2 streak and had allowed 34 goals in nine appearances for a 4.33 goals-against average and an .845 save percentage.

Add an ongoing visa problem that could keep him from next week's trip to Canada and it was not surprising the shutout was not paramount.

"It was just nice," he said, "to get a win."

Denis had to make just 21 stops, but he was confident and always in position.

"Everything came together," he said. "That's what we've been waiting for. It's nice to get back on the winning track."

NICK'S WORLD: Nick Tarnasky said playing on a line with tough guy Andre Roy is "awesome." Not only does the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Roy provide energy, Tarnasky said, but he knows Roy has his back.

"It's definitely nice to have a guy who's that big," he said. "Everybody knows his game."

Tarnasky, who made the team because Rob DiMaio is out with a concussion, has gotten good reviews. Tortorella said if Tarnasky stays responsible defensively and develops his physical style, he could see playing time beyond his average, entering Wednesday, of 7:14.

Tortorella said Roy is a good model: "Nick is a willing kid, and I think when you get a couple of guys banging and creating that type of forecheck, one tries to outdo the other."

ODDS AND ENDS: Sun Sports won a Suncoast Regional Emmy for its coverage of the April 21 playoff game against the Senators. ... Lightning wives will hold a toy drive before Saturday's game and Dec. 16 game against the Hurricanes to benefit Toys for Tots. The collection point is the Chrysler/Jeep Plaza. ... Right wing Dmitry Afanasenkov and defenseman Luke Richardson were healthy scratches.

Damian Cristodero can be reached at cristodero@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8622. View his blog at lightning.tampabay.com.

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