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Lightning's Stamkos gives tips to Rays pitcher Cobb

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Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is among the best in the world at what he does. The same could be said for Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb.

Cobb, along with Stamkos and some of his teammates, showed their skills in each sport Friday at Amalie Arena.

After talking to coach Jon Cooper and watching the Lightning practice from the bench, Cobb put on skates and shot pucks with Stamkos. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Stamkos said Cobb's hockey skills needed some work but that Stamkos was impressed by Cobb, a right-handed pitcher, shot the puck left-handed and right-handed.

"It's fun to have athletes come out and experience the sport and realize it's a little tougher than they expected, especially out on the ice," Stamkos said according to the Tampa Tribune. "It's a bit easier for us to throw a baseball around than for them to get on skates. But he showed a lot of improvement in the 15 minutes we were out there, so it was good."

Cobb said he's still learning about hockey but said he has a new-found respect for how hard the game is.

"You see it from afar on TV and in the stands [but] being on the ice is something nobody gets to witness," Cobb told the Lightning website. "I'm very fortunate."

Cooper said he it was fun to watch Cobb.

"He kind of sandbagged us a little bit," Cooper told the Lightning website. "[Cobb] said he couldn't skate or do anything. ... He's got a good little one-timer and he hammers the puck hard. He didn't fall for the first 15 minutes while he was out there. … I was impressed."

After his on-ice work, Cobb put a few of the Lightning players through some baseball drills in the concourse outside the Lightning locker room, including hitting ground balls to Stamkos, Brian Boyle and Alex Killorn.

"I'm a huge baseball fan, I played until I was 18," Boyle told the Lightning website. "I think it's really cool he came here and practiced [Friday]. I hope we can get to the park some time. I know guys in the past have taken [batting practice] with the Rays so I'm hoping to maybe get my foot in that door."

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