Well, they had to pass the time somehow. One became a movie star, others met a rock star. One flashed winning looks on the silver screen, others swapped words backstage about pucks and life.
Two memories. Two ways Tampa Bay Lightning players beat the NHL lockout lull.
"The first initial thought was it was pretty awkward, I guess," said defenseman Matthew Carle, who made a short appearance in "This Is 40," a movie starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann that released in December. "But it was something you never forget that you're a part of ... You can check it off the bucket list, you know?"
"It was pretty cool. He's probably my favorite musician," said winger Teddy Purcell, who, along with winger Ryan Malone and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey, met Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder after a show in nearby Clearwater, Fla., in December.
"We met him and his family, which was pretty cool. We got a picture with him and talked for a few minutes. It's a blowup picture I'll put on the bar one day."
Back to Carle. He calls himself a "pretty big movie buff," so his 47-second appearance in "This Is 40," filmed in August 2011, was as much an education as anything else. His film career began when director Judd Apatow envisioned a scene in which a woman, played by Megan Fox, joins Mann's character at a club and crosses paths with a hockey player with fake teeth.
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