There are a lot of issues troubling Cory Conacher and the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning these days in the wake of Sunday’s firing of coach Guy Boucher. But the former Canisius College star had fun for a few minutes Tuesday morning when he was asked about his alma mater’s first-ever trip to the NCAA hockey tournament.

Canisius won the Atlantic Hockey championship last weekend in Rochester and will play top-seeded Quinnipiac on Saturday at 5:30 in Providence, R.I. Conacher tweeted his congratulations to the Ice Griffs over the weekend for an accomplishment that he didn’t achieve in his four years on Main Street.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun to watch them again,” Conacher said. “I’ve watched Quinnipiac too this year ... and they have a chance at beating them as long as they stick to the game and the goalie is hot. The goalie [Tony Capobianco] has been hot all year. Hopefully he can continue to be hot and they can put a little run together like RIT.”

(RIT, remember, made the most unlikely Frozen Four run in NCAA history in 2010 by qualifying for the semifinals in Detroit).

Conacher especially liked the fact Canisius drove past archrival Niagara in the semifinals.

“That was impressive,” he said. “Niagara is a great team. They’re in the tournament too because of the way they’ve played this year. It was awesome to see them beat the Purple. We always have a huge rivalry against Niagara right across the [Grand Island] bridge and it was nice to get that win there.”