Vinny Lecavalier scored a goal and was named second star of the game in the Flyers' 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay. (AP)
TAMPA, Fla. -- Vinny Lecavalier said his emotions ran the gamut during the 4-2 loss to the Lightning (see story) in his first game back home in a different hockey jersey.
There were two video tributes to him.
One tribute honoring him as a player. The other, honoring him for his charity work off the ice: The Vinny Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.
“It was very weird stepping out on the ice,” Lecavalier said. “Obviously, we didn’t win and I am disappointed in that. But we had a great experience just skating on the ice and how the fans were supportive of me. It means a lot.”
He said when he got a first period standing ovation, his nerves settled down.
“They told me yesterday they were going to do [something] at the 10-minute mark, so I was looking forward to settling down and I was nervous before the game. … Seeing people with my jersey and cards saying, ‘We miss you,’ it really got me. Really meant a lot.”
Wayne Simmonds said on his penalty shot against Anders Lindback that he tried to give him a hesitation move because he’s a big (6-foot-6) goalie.
“I wanted to get it up on my backhand and I didn’t get it up as much as I wanted to,” he said.
The Flyers had more shots not reach the net (22) than they did shots on goal (21). Twelve shots were blocked while 10 missed the net. ... Scott Hartnell led the Flyers with five hits. ... Lecavalier’s power-play goal was the eighth straight game the Flyers scored one.