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Tocchet's Lightning set to face Kings

Tampa Bay (12-19-10) at Los Angeles (17-18-6), 10:30 pm EST

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are finally

starting to display the quality of team character that interim

coach Rick Tocchet has been preaching.

The Lightning hope to continue that trend Monday, when they

visit the Los Angeles Kings.

Ryan Malone scored two goals, including the game-winner midway

through the third period, as the Lightning bounced back from a

lethargic effort by edging the Anaheim Ducks, 4-3, on Friday.

"I thought the guys showed the stuff we were talking about - the

will, the character to will the win," Tocchet said. "That is

the sort of stuff we are looking at right there. That can go a

long way for a lot of players when you win games like that."

Martin St. Louis netted a goal and set up two others, Vaclav

Prospal also tallied and All-Star Vincent Lecavalier notched two

assists for the Lightning, who have won two of their last three

contests after dropping three straight.

The lone blemish in the current span came on Thursday, when the

Phoenix Coyotes skated

to a 3-2 win and triggered Tocchet to slam his team's culture,

calling it "terrible."

The Kings struggled in their last outing, suffering a 5-1 loss

to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. Los Angeles has lost

eight of its previous 12 contests.


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