Thursday, March 27, 2008

What they're saying in...Tampa

"Players are scared of him. People don't want to hit him. If you're trying to stop someone from scoring and you're scared to bump into him because you don't want to end up on the highlights getting run over by him, it makes him pretty hard to defend.''

-- Tampa Bay forward Jeff Halpern on Alex Ovechkin

"If I wasn't wearing my helmet...''

-- Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle, after being kicked in the head by teammate Andreas Karlsson's skate during Wednesday's practice.

"I make no bones about it, I'm not crazy about the organization. I don't mind that at all. It looks good on 'em.''

-- Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella, speaking about the Florida Panthers after his club defeated them, 3-1 on Tuesday.

"We have to do more evaluation.''

-- Vincent Lecavalier on the condition of his left wrist, which could keep him out of the World Championships

"I'll play hard [Thursday], that's for sure. I might have a little extra care about what goes on in that game."

-- Halpern, on playing his former club tonight.