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Well, the sun came out in Toronto today, though the temperature dipped into the low teens just
to even things out. It's a good time for the Lightning to get out of the Westin in Toronto, since the Rutgers football team moved in last night in preparation for the January 5 International Bowl. Am I the only one who had no idea there was a bowl game in Toronto?

As the media bus pulled away from the hotel a large group of Rutgers players darted across the street in front of it, prompting a sports writer who will remain anonymous to proclaim "We could do USF a favor for next year and take out half of the Rutgers football team." Our driver didn't go for it; not a USF fan I guess.

Well, we made it about five minutes down the road before the team bus pulled over due to a problem caused by the cold. The media bus pulled over to provide help if needed, and the team bus quickly corrected its issue and pulled away. Of course, the media bus promptly died while parked in a lane on a busy highway. Thirty minutes later we were on another bus headed for the Lightning practice at a rink outside of town.

Practice today was of the hockey school type, with the players getting back to the basics and working on the fundamentals. It was followed by a 45 minute team video session before heading to the airport for the flight to Montreal.
Lightning beat writers Erik Erlendsson (L) and Damian Cristodero (R) enjoying the fact they can see their breath even though they're standing inside of the frigid practice rink in Toronto.
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