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Stamkos has a little fun with the media - Tbo.com
Apr 8th 2012, 04:04

WINNIPEG --

Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos had the media in stitches after the Saturday morning skate when he took it upon himself to ask himself questions about his pursuit of 60 goals.

"Well Steven, are you going to get to 60 goals tonight?" he asked, suggesting he had been asked that question once or twice in recent days.

"Yeah, I'm going to try."

He followed that up with another question and answer.

"Your team didn't make the playoffs this year, how have you been able to handle the personal success without your team success?"

His response: "Well, I want to make the playoffs. That's it."

When he got serious, Stamkos admitted he was eager to reach the 60-goal milestone.

"When you're close to something, you want to accomplish it," he said.

Cash for foundation

Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier took time Saturday morning to meet with about 75 members of the Couchiching First Nation, many of them youth hockey players who traveled four hours from Fort Frances, Ontario, to make a donation to the Vinny Lecavalier Foundation.

The group, whose members live on reservations, raised about $2,000 in 24 hours and donated it to Lecavalier's foundation, which helps fight pediatric cancer. They were invited by the Lightning to attend Saturday's morning skate at MTS Centre. Afterward, they had an opportunity to meet and pose for pictures with Lecavalier.

"This is great," Lecavalier said. "They are four hours from here and they are doing something great for the foundation and it's from somewhere so far away from (Tampa Bay), so it's really great to see. It's great to see what kids do, how they get involved."

Lecavalier said the group was inspired by the foundation's recent Cut for a Cure fundraising event, in which several players shaved their heads to raise money.

Successful return

Winnipeg's return to the NHL has been a resounding success, with 41 straight sellouts, one of the most boisterous crowds in the league and a highly profitable season for the new owners.

With his team having lost its first two games in Winnipeg this season, Lightning coach Guy Boucher wasn't so sure he liked the team moving north from Atlanta.

"It hasn't been good for us. …I liked them more in Atlanta," he said, laughing.

"It's one of the best crowds in the league, it's one of the loudest crowds in the league and they've made a big difference with their team. It's great for hockey."

Ted Wyman

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