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ROY TAKES BLAME FOR SUSPENSION BY COACH

Lightning enforcer Andre Roy admitted he was out of line with what he said to coach John Tortorella during Saturday's game with the Panthers.

Neither Roy nor Tortorella was specific, but it was bad enough that Roy was benched Tuesday against the Blues.

"This is for discipline reasons," Tortorella said.

"We had a little disagreement," Roy said. "I might have went a little too far."

The incident occurred as Tortorella tried to re-focus Roy, who was yapping with Florida's Branislav Mezei, an earlier fight partner. During a second-period timeout, Roy leaned out of the bench to yell at the Panthers. He said he also he yelled at Mezei in the penalty box.

As for Tortorella's reprimand, Roy said: "I might have over-reacted with the stuff I said. I said maybe a little too much, which is not right because he has been fair with me."

Roy has had third- and fourth-line shifts, and his four goals and seven points are his most since 2002-03, when he had 10 and 17.

He also has done well keeping volatile on-ice emotions in check.

"Against Vancouver, he was rock-solid as far as playing with emotion and not going overboard where it affects other things," Tortorella said of Thursday's physical victory. "We're still in a process of trying to get through that and take another step here. He's given us some good minutes, though."

"I feel good out there, I'm more confident and it's all because of Torts,'' Roy said. "He's given me a lot of good opportunities to play."

Roy said the two talked and cleared the air.

"I'm just going to shut up and take this and be ready the next time he puts me in the lineup," he said.

HONORED:Several players spoke with former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney, who was in the lobby of the team hotel.

"I don't think he's as big as the president of the United States," defenseman Shane O'Brien said. "But for us Canadians, it's a pretty big deal to meet somebody like that."

BUDDIES: Blues coach Andy Murray is good friends with the family of Lightning rookie defenseman Mike Lundin, who played mites with Murray's son, Brady, in Apple Valley, Minn.

Lundin said when considering whether to attend the University of Maine, Murray told him it would be "dumb" to miss the chance. "That kind of sealed the deal for me."

Murray said he is not surprised Lundin jumped from college to the NHL: "He has a great stick. It's always in the right place.

"You wouldn't say he's a flashy college player,'' Murray added. "You wouldn't say he's a flashy high school player. He's not a flashy pro. He's just a good player."

ODDS AND ENDS:Defenseman Doug Janik was a healthy scratch. ... Goaltender Riku Helenius was named the CHL co-goaltender of the week after stopping 49 of 50 shots in two wins for Seattle. ... Prospect Kevin Quick, dismissed last week from the University of Michigan for violating unspecified team rules, apparently has joined USHL Des Moines.

Damian Cristodero can be reached at cristodero@sptimes.com.

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