MONTREAL -- As Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos fielded questions from a large media scrum outside the Lightning dressing room after practice at Bell Centre on Monday, his coach, Jon Cooper, made his way to the front of the scrum without Stamkos noticing him.
"Any questions from the rookie reporter?" the reporter next to Cooper asked.
"How you feeling today?" Cooper asked using a water bottle as a mic.
"Ah, I feel better than I did yesterday. I'll probably be a game-time decision," Stamkos said, laughing.
Another reporter then asked, "How do you think the coach has done in this series?"
"I'd like to get out there a little more. I'm not complaining. We'll see," Stamkos said with a smile.
This was just another example of how Cooper, a potential Jack Adams Award candidate, is keeping things loose and positive despite his team heading into Game 4 on Tuesday down 3-0 in their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens.