Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 1/20/13

MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 23: Eastern Conference All-Star Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning speaks to the media during the 2009 NHL Live Western/Eastern Conference All-Stars Media Availability at the Queen Elizabeth Fairmont Hotel on January 23, 2009 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
TAMPA, Fla. This ride has been a winning lottery ticket. There are few other ways to describe Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavaliers career. Perhaps a pot of gold. A four-leaf clover. Triple sevens. A shooting star across a clear night sky. How else to explain a 13-season career, all with the Lightning, that will reach its 1,000th game when Tampa Bay plays at the New York Islanders on Monday afternoon? How else to explain an outlier? It has been a fun ride, Lecavalier said last Wednesday, three days before the Lightnings season-opening victory over the Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Times Forum. I want to play many more years. Its something important for me. Its going to be a special game, but thats it. Ive obviously got to move on. True, but this feat is worth more than a bullet point buried at the bottom of the game notes. A verbal victory lap can be excused for the 32-year-old Ile Bizard, Quebec, native before he presses on to No. 1,001. Just look at the odds of a...
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