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GOOD PURCELL AUDITION

Playing on a line with RW Marty St. Louis and C Steven Stamkos means flying under the radar to a certain extent.

"But I still have to bring something to the line," Teddy Purcell said. "Maybe the ugly smile."

Purcell recently was added to the line as part of coach Jon Cooper's trial-and-error strategy to find what works best for next season. Cooper likes the trio's chemistry.

"Teddy is the kind of guy who can put people in position to score," Cooper said.

Purcell, who entered Saturday with 11 goals, 35 points in 47 games, was in a seemingly difficult position against the Panthers, considering his linemates were vying for the league points championship.

Asked before the game to whom he would pass - Stamkos or St. Louis - if there was an empty-net goal to be had, Purcell said, "Maybe I'll just throw (the puck) in the middle and let them fight over it."

Seriously, though, Purcell said it will be "pretty cool" to one day look back and realize he played on a line with "two of the best players in the game today."

"I even pinch myself now," he said. "It's pretty special."

OH, CANADA: Stamkos had said he would play for Canada at next month's world championship in Sweden and Finland before injuring his left knee in the final two minutes of Saturday's season finale against the Panthers. The knee was to be examined today.

Before Saturday, Stamkos' participation had been uncertain because of a sore left shoulder; a similar nagging injury kept him out of last year's tournament. But Stamkos said he felt healthy enough in that regard and an MRI exam in the past few weeks indicated no damage.

NO GO: D Victor Hedman would love to play for his native Sweden in the world championship, especially in a year in which it is a co-host. But Hedman said it is more important this summer to heal a nagging injury.

"A tough decision to make," said Hedman, who missed four games this month with a lower-body injury. "But I think it's the right one. It's the best feeling in the world to represent your country, but I want to be 110 percent healthy this summer so I can work hard and be really at it next year."

SURPRISE: D Mathieu Roy was at home in St. Georges, Quebec, last week after playing in Hamburg, Germany, when he was called by the Lightning. Needing to fill out its lineup after sending D Radko Gudas to AHL Syracuse, Tampa Bay signed Roy to a prorated one-year deal. His only game was Saturday.

"I was ready to start my summer vacation, get the yard and the house ready," said Roy, who played four games for the Lightning in 2010-11 and played for Cooper at AHL Norfolk. "It's another chance to play in the NHL. I wouldn't pass that up."

ODDS AND ENDS: Ben Pouliot's failed first-period penalty shot - Florida G Jacob Markstrom made a left-foot save - makes Tampa Bay 10-for-45all time on penalty shots. ... LW Ryan Malone played after two games as a scratch. ... G Ben Bishop was scratched, allowing Mathieu Garon to be on the bench in his last game with Tampa Bay. ... The Lightning was 5-12-1 with a tie in season-closing games entering Saturday and 6-10-1 with two ties in home closers.

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