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Fourth Day Scrimmage Results

Team White defeated Team Black today by a final count of 3-0 on the back of a Mathieu Darche hat trick in the final day of camp scrimmages. According to Erik Erlendsson of the Trib, two of Darche's goal were of the "soft" variety, given up by Johan Holmqvist. Brad Richards, Matt Smaby, Brad Lukowich, Chris Gratton and Kyle Wanvig each had assists.

Karri Ramo was a perfect today between the pipes and unofficially takes the camp statistical title among goaltenders with a sparkling 1.08 GAA and .967 save percentage, followed closely by Denis.

Erlendsson also reports a minor foot injury to forward Jan Hlavac and a potentially bad tailbone injury to enforcer Andre Roy which could possibly open up a spot for someone like Karl Stewart if it is serious.

Lines have been announced for tomorrow's exhibition game against Dallas:

Ex-Bolt Watch (Updated)

According to TSN.ca, former Lightning goaltender Sean Burke has retired.

Yahoo! Sports is reporting former Bolt Jassen Cullimore has been invited to the Red Wings' training camp. Cullimore and Nolan Pratt were rumored to be a considerations for the Lightning's No.6/7 defenseman spots before Tampa Bay decided they'd let younger players battle it out. There remains/remained a possibility that Pratt or Cullimore could be signed late in camp if none of the youngsters impressed enough to earn a spot.

Also, Jay Feaster's first draft pick as Lightning GM, Adam Henrich, is camping with the Philadelphia Flyers.

(Tampa Tribune) Lundin Making His Move

Defenseman Mike Lundin performed well at Traverse City prospects tournament and now in Brandon, Florida at the Lightning's NHL camp. Today, Erik Erlendsson featured Lundin in the Tampa Tribune.

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Mike Lundin arrived at Lightning training camp last week and did his best not to be star-struck at the amount of star power assembled in Tampa Bay's locker room.

Following a four-year career at the University of Maine where he posted 12 goals and 58 points in 159 games, the 2004 fourth-round draft pick enters his first year as a professional trying to find his place within the organizational roster.

Judging from his first few days of camp, his stock might be higher than previously thought.

To read the rest of the feature, see the Tampa Tribune.

Prospect Camp Photos

Bolt Prospects contributor Kathy Cauwels has graciously provided us with a few photos of Lightning prospects from the first day of the 2007 Tampa Bay Lightning Training Camp. More may be posted in the near future.

You can view the photos in the Bolt Prospect Gallery here.

Thanks, "MissK!"

Third Day Scrimmage Results/Norfolk Camp Underway

For the first time this year in Lightning camp there was a winning side at scrimmages as Team White defeated Team Black 2-1. Team Black's goal came from Vaclav Prospal on a strong individual effort whule Team White's goals came from Chris Gratton off assists from Matt Smaby and Brad Lukowich, and from Jason Ward off assists from Brad Richards and Michel Ouellet.

Marc Denis was a perfect 9 for 9 in save opportunities today while prospect goaltender Karri Ramo stopped 13 of 14. Johan Holmqvist took the loss allowing 2 goals on 20 shots.

In related news, Erik Erlendsson of the Trib reports Head Coach John Tortorella is planning to make his first cuts after Saturday's preseason game against the Caps. Tortorella reportedly plans on shaving the roster down by 7 or 8 players.

Meanwhile, in Chesapeake, Va, Norfolk Admirals camp kicked off today with physical testing mimicking the grueling conditioning drills of the Lightning's camp. The Lightning's prospects started today with the 3x8 lap drill and will undertake the difficult challenge of the 45 lap marathon that is the 15x3 drill tomorrow. Admirals scrimmages will begin Wednesday.

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