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BAD BEARD

Vinny Lecavalier's effort to grow a playoff beard is, shall we say, uneven.

"It's growing on one side and not the other," the Lightning captain said.

Lecavalier, who always has had trouble growing facial hair, doesn't exactly look like Paul Bunyan to begin with. That his left side is getting some growth and his right side is not just reinforces the point.

"I don't even want to say I grow it," Lecavalier said, laughing.

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Strange beard

Lightning D Mike Lundin is wearing an almost perfect goatee. What is remarkable - and it truly is hard to believe - is that he has almost no other facial hair despite not shaving since the start of the playoffs.

"You'll see some ugly looking stragglers," Lundin said, "but I haven't shaved a thing."

Lundin said he always noticed the hair under his nose and around his mouth came in thicker than the rest of his face, "but I never would have thought it would come in as a goatee."

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Tickets

Tickets for Games 3, 4 and 6 at the St. Pete Times Forum will be on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the box office, or at Ticketmaster, toll-free at 1-800-745-3000 or at ticketmaster.com. There is a special presale beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday for full and partial season-ticket holders, suite holders, sponsors and those interested in purchasing 10-packs for next season. Limit four tickets per person during the presale.

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Quote to note

"He's the biggest guy in the league, and that stick is pretty long. He's a great defenseman, and when you play against him, you have to play behind him, you can't just use your strength because you'll lose. You have to play behind him and get pucks behind him and make him skate as much as you can."

Lightning C Vinny Lecavalier on 6-foot-9, 255-pound Bruins D Zdeno Chara

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Number of the day

26:09 Average ice time for Lightning D Eric Brewer, 4:11 more than any other Tampa Bay defenseman.

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