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Day Two Scrimmages

[url=http://www.tampabaylightning.com/tbl/content.cfm?pageid=1708]Day two scrimmage box scores are now up on Tampabaylightning.com.[/url] It was the world turned upside down as Team Red and the club's presumed fourth line defeated the Lecavalier line and Team White 5-3 today. It should be noted, however, Ruslan Fedotenko has been held out of scrimmages after his recent hip surgery for Team White. The game showcased the team's young prospects prominently as [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] led all scorers with 1 goal and 2 assists for Team Red. In the Team Red battle for fourth line jobs, [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] had 1 goal and 1 assist and [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] notched a goal of his own. Milley's 2 points tie him with Nikita Alexeev at 5 for the tournament lead. Springfield Falcons invitee Dan Cavanaugh had 2 assists and Johnstown Chiefs invitee Doug Andress had 1 goal. Team White was led by 2 goals from the Elliot/Lawrence/Hrdel line with 1 goal and 1 assist each from [url=chris-lawrence]Chris Lawrence[/url] and [url=zbynek-hrdel]Zbynek Hrdel[/url] and 2 assists from Brandon Elliot. Lawrence now leads Team White in scoring through two games. Marc Denis stopped 16 of 19 for Team Red for the win. On the other end of the rink, [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] stopped 12 of 13 before giving way to reassigned goaltender [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] who allowed 3 goals on 20 shots faced for the loss. Does Coleman's move to Team White mean the club wants more minutes and a closer look for [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url]? Or is the Ramo/Coleman tandem a preview of who will begin the year in Springfield? Or, is it merely a planned rotation to get each young goaltender a full start with Coleman's slated for tomorrow? We shall see. Speaking of Boutin, he stopped 26 of 28 shots including a penalty shot as Team Blue, the club's presumed third line, beat the Richards line and Team Black 3-2. Boutin now leads the camp with a .946 save percentage in 70 minutes played. For Team Blue, goals were scored by [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url], Dan Boyle and [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url]. [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] added 2 assists and Springfield invitee Zdenek Blatny added a helper. Both of Team Black's goals were scored by [url=mitch-fritz]Mitch Fritz[/url] who, oddly, now leads Team Black in scoring. Team Blue can wrap up the scrimmage tournament title with a win tomorrow. [b]Update:[/b] As noted in the comments, It was Boutin and Ramo who swapped teams with Coleman staying put. Hat tip to yakacack. [b]Update2:[/b] There were some scoring changes made after the Lightning repaired some of the links on their website today. Zdenek Blatny was credited with 1 goal and 1 assist for Team Blue and [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] also had an assist for Team Black. Ryan Craig did not have a goal in the game.

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.

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.

Medical Experts Weigh In On Camp Torturella

[url=http://www.sptimes.com/2006/09/14/Lightning/Keeping_players_skati.shtml]In an interesting article in the Times[/url], Damian Cristodero interviews several medical experts as well as the Lightning training staff on the positive effects on "Camp Torturella". The Lightning have had the least amount of man games lost to injury the past two seasons, which can partially be attributed to their rigorous conditioning regime to start the year. I have this argument regularly with fans of other teams who claim the Lightning's success at preventing injury has been the product of luck alone, and it gauls me to no end that the conventional wisdom amongst the national hockey media often parrots the same point. There may have been a point to that after one season, but after two years of having the best success in the league it's a trend, one that other teams would be wise to follow. I will point out one factor which is missing from the article though, which is that the majority of the Lightning's players are in their mid to late 20's whereas many teams in the league have a much larger compliment of players over 30 on their rosters. Having a well conditioned and youthful team has helped the Lightning stay healthy as much as "luck" and the national hockey media needs to wise up to it.
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