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Stirling Singles Out Six

In today's [i]Springfield Republican[/i], Falcons Head Coach Steve Stirling, who with assistant coach Darren Rumble led the Lightning's entry in the 2006 Traverse City Prospects Tournament, mentioned six players as standing out for their good play in Michigan. He also noted that the team got better with each game in Traverse City, which is encouraging. Stirling called goaltenders Riku Helenius and Karri Ramo "outstanding," and said the defensive play was highlighted by the efforts of Matt Smaby and Vladimir Mihalik. The former New York Islanders coach also pointed to returning Falcon Marek Kvapil as being the top forward for Tampa in the tournament: "He showed that he can pick up the pace and push the puck up ice."

Day One Scrimmages

[url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/content.cfm?pageid=1704]Day one scrimmage box scores are out on Tampabaylightning.com.[/url] Team Black beat Team White 3-1 as the Richards line squared off against the Lecavalier line. In what has become an annual tradition, the Richards line dominated the first day of camp with Martin St. Louis netting a pair of goals with Dimitry Afanasenkov getting helpers on both markers. Prospect [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] scored the other Team Black goal off assists from Marek Bartanus and Mitch Fritz. [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] scored the lone Team White goal on a helper by Eric Healey. Free agent signee Johan Holmqvist stopped 13 of 14 for the win. [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] allowed 2 goals on 13 shots in the first half of the contest for the loss, giving way to [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] who allowed 1 goal on 9 shots. In the matchup between the team's presumed 3rd and 4th lines, Team Blue prevailed 5-4 over Team Red. The Craig/Karlsson/Alexeev line came out firing accounting for 4 goals on the day led by Nikita Alexeev's 5 point effort on 2 goals and 3 assists. [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url] also chipped in a goal for Team Blue. Team Red was led by [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley's[/url] 1 goal and 2 assist day with Tim Taylor notching 2 goals and [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] scoring the team's other marker. [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] stopped 22 of 26 shots for the win. Marc Denis allowed 5 goals on 25 shots in the loss. [b]Note:[/b] If you went to today's scrimmages, consider this an open thread to post your thoughts, or consider making a blog post of your own.

KalPa Holds Off Ilves

KalPa held off Ilves by the score of 2-1 today in the Finnish SM-liiga. Boston prospect Tuukka Rask was again between the pipes for Ilves stopping 29 of 31 shots faced in the loss. Lightning 1st round pick [url=riku-helenius]Riku Helenius[/url] again rode the pine for Ilves.

Nick Tarnasky, Iron Man

The Lightning always remain tight lipped about who did and did not perform well during fitness testing, but [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBK5L1A5SE.html]in the Trib today [/url]they have released the top results from the team's three mile run. Once again, [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] showed up in peak condition and claimed the fastest time, beating the next closest Lightning player by over a full minute. The final results were: 1.) Tarnasky, 2.) [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url], 3.) [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url], 4.) Cory Sarich. [b]More:[/b] Crisdotero in the Times [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2006/09/16/Lightning/Cuts_set_to_come_quic.shtml]isn't afraid to name names and throw people under the bus.[/url] In the lap testing he calls out Nikita Alexeev, Luke Richardson, Doug Janik, Kvapil and Vaclav Prospal as the team's best performers. The "laggers" were Brandon Elliot and Marek Bartanus, both of whom may now face reassignment quickly. According to Crisdotero's column the team is planning to make cuts by Tuesday prior to a road trip for their first exhibition games. Also of note, [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url]'s challenge for a job in Tampa may be in serious jeopardy. He may be held out of scrimmages beginning today due to a slight groin pull he suffered during fitness testing.

Camp Scrimmage Teams Hint at Organization's Plans

Training camp scrimmage rosters [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBHFE1J2SE.html]were released yesterday[/url], and they include some interesting clues as to the organization's plans going into the season.
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