Taylor admits he dumped game puck in garbage

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

Tim Taylor is bringing new meaning to the term "garbage goal" in these NHL playoffs.

The Tampa Bay Lightning forward has sparked the first controversy of the Eastern Conference quarter-final, scooping up the puck at the end of Game 1 Friday night -- won 4-1 by the Senators -- and hotfooting it to the Bolts' dressing room with it.

As time ran out on the game, the Senators, led by forward Vaclav Varada, were in pursuit of the puck for rookie goaltender Ray Emery as a souvenir of his first NHL playoff victory.

Where did the puck end up?

"In the garbage," Taylor told the Sun yesterday after the Lightning practised in preparation for Game 2 tonight.

"I waited ... nobody knows what garbage it was, but I buried it."

Taylor, a feisty veteran with two Stanley Cups under his belt (last year with the Bolts and in 1997 with the Detroit Red Wings), wasn't making any apologies yesterday.

Guess you could say he was taking trash talking to a new level.

"You're doing everything to not make the other team happy," he said. "If this was the regular season, absolutely not, I wouldn't have done it. But this is the playoffs and it's a whole different breed.

"It's all about trying to gain an edge on the other team, trying to piss them off, trying to create a rivalry to make ourselves play better."

After hearing about Taylor grabbing the puck, Emery said: "I'm not going to lose any sleep over it ... but it's not the classiest move."

Taylor said when it comes to gamesmanship in the post-season, there are no rules.

"I know guys grabbed pucks on us two years ago when we won games and that would have pissed us off, too. You kind of reverse the old saying: 'Don't do to other people what you wouldn't want done to yourself,' but this is playoffs, so you actually do the opposite."

Taylor said the Lightning might have lost Game 1, but the team still has a chance to accomplish its goal here.

"In the playoffs, every little detail goes into games," said Taylor. "You're trying to get the edge. We feel we played a pretty good game. We came into this series trying to get one game out of this building. We didn't get it (Friday) night, but the thing is we have another chance to go back at it (tonight) and put a little doubt in their minds."

CHRIS.STEVENSON@OTT.SUNPUB.COM


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