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Friday, 03.29.2013 / 1:45 PM
Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter

MY FATHER, THE HERO

Some encouraging words from New York Rangers prospect Christian Thomas this week, after he Tweeted about his dad, Lightning player development coach Steve Thomas, regarding his interim role behind the bench following news that Guy Boucher had been relieved of his coaching duties.

Following Sunday’s decision after which Boucher was dismissed, Thomas and assistant coach Dan Lacroix coached the Bolts to a 2-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in the first game of a three-game homestand.

Following the win, Thomas’ son posted this Tweet, which was accompanied by a picture:

From @cpt27: “Congrats to my Dad on his first win on the bench with TBL. Looks like he wore his A suit for his big day.”

https://twitter.com/cpt27/status/316958505103933441/photo/1

PICKIN’ ON THE NEW GUY

There’s no doubt the Lightning rookies have made a tremendous impact this season.

The Bolts lead the NHL in rookie scoring, while six different Lightning first-year players have scored their initial career NHL goals this season. Furthermore, five of the six games in which one of the rookies scored their first career NHL goal turned out to be victories.

Still, they are young, and perhaps some are still flying a bit under the radar when it comes to the “who’s who” of the 2012-13 Lightning.

So, leave it to Teddy Purcell of all people to change that, with his natural sense of humor that produced this light-hearted endorsement of rookie teammate Alex Killorn over Twitter:

From @teddypurcell16: “Even though his tweets aren't funny give @AKillorm19 a follow, hockey fans. He's a great guy, wears terrible suits, and is a stud on the ice.”

Killorn is one of those referenced above as having scored his first career goal this season, but perhaps nothing quite serves as a “Welcome to the NHL” moment quite like an older teammate dishing out chirps over the Internet.

BRACKET BUSTER

Seems Teddy Purcell wasn’t the only one on the Lightning giving team personnel a hard time.

This past week, even new head coach Jon Cooper got in on the action, taking a shot over Twitter at forward Tyler Johnson after top-seeded Gonzaga was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament.

Johnson, who hails from Spokane, Washington, right in Gonzaga’s back yard, is a big Bulldogs fan, so when his team fell out of contention following a 76-70 loss at the hands of Wichita State in another March Madness upset, Cooper took advantage of the opportunity.

From @CoopersLaw: “Heard the Zags score...@tjohnny09, Kleenex available at most corner stores! #PoolBuster”

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