Alex Killorn, the Tampa Bay Lightning forward, will be keeping his own diary throughout the week and through the 2019 NHL Global Series in Stockholm. The first of two games against the Buffalo Sabres, at Ericsson Globe, is Friday (2 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, NHL.TV). The second is Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN1, SUN, MSG-B, NHL.TV). He will check in regularly with behind-the-scenes access.
In his second entry, Killorn writes about going out to dinner with teammates and stumbling upon a taste of Texas in Stockholm, as well as a lengthy practice Tuesday that should set the Lightning up for the games against the Sabres and the potential return of Sweden-born defenseman Victor Hedman, who has missed the past week with a lower-body injury.
We are finally settling in after arriving on Sunday and we are getting to see more of the city, which is nice.
It's a city that reminds me a bit of Geneva, Switzerland, in a lot of ways. Geneva is a city I have been to and I really enjoyed my time there. The same so far with Stockholm.
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Tomorrow we will truly see what this city is about and what it has to offer because we have the day off from practice and can spend the full day exploring. For the first three days, we have been practicing and when you get back to the hotel you are a bit tired. So we have seen some things, but tomorrow we will try to get to a lot of different things.
A few guys went yesterday to the Vasa Museum. They said they really enjoyed it, were talking about how cool it was to see this giant ship and learn the story of how it sank. The stuff they were telling us was really cool and that seems like an interesting place.
Up until now, we have been exploring the city mostly through its restaurants. Last night we went to a really nice restaurant called Sturehof, in the Oestermalm section of the city. It wasn't too far from our hotel. We had a nice dinner there, it was mostly seafood. I had the Skagen, which is a dish of toast with shrimp on it. It is very Swedish and it has small shrimp, mayonnaise, dill, roe and some lemon. It was delicious.
I haven't tried the famous meatballs that everyone talks about yet. But today and tomorrow will be good for that.
When dinner was over, they pointed us to this bar upstairs called Obaren and we went up there to check it out. When we got there, Joshua Ray Walker, a country singer from Texas, was playing and I was shocked because there were a lot of Swedish fans there for the show. They knew the words and were singing along. It was cool that there were so many people in Sweden that listen to country music. He put on a really good show. We met him afterward and he was super nice
As I mentioned, we have a day off tomorrow, and whenever you have a day off you know the practice before it is going to be tough. Sometimes it feels like you go too long, but this was just about right; I liked the length of it. We went about an hour, but it was a tough practice. We were working hard and it was great.
Plus, it was awesome to see Victor Hedman back out on the ice after he has missed most of the past week with his injury. I know the people in Sweden are excited about seeing him hopefully return. He's such a big part of this whole Global Series and one of the main reasons why we are here.