Tampa Bay Lightning Put Playoffs in Proper Perspective

April 9th, 2011 by JC De La Torre Leave a reply »
The Tampa Bay Lightning wrapped up the regular season by eliminating division rival Carolina from playoff contention with a  6-2 victory over the Hurricanes. The Bolts gaze now focuses on the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Stanley Cup Playoffs—their first appearance since 2007.

As important as the playoffs are to so many people—it doesn't mean as much as another battle that many of the Tampa Bay players hope they can contribute to winning—the battle against cancer.

Nate Thompson, Vinny Lecavalier, Marty St. Louis, Victor Hedman, Teddy Purcell, Ryan Malone, Mike Smith and SunSports TV personality Paul Kennedy joined 31 people in Cut for a Cure—a charity event that brought in a reported $161,000 of the $230,000 goal for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. The players shaved their heads to honor the struggle that many children inflicted with cancer and blood disorders are facing on a daily basis.

The need for a cure for cancer was driven home this week when Lightning Assistant Coach Wayne Fleming had to have brain surgery on a primary brain tumor on Saturday. Primary brain tumors begin in the brain and can be benign (non-cancerou ...

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