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After the 7th goal, the stands began to empty. Not that I would ever leave early, but I looked at my wife and said I don't know why anyone would leave when your team is lighting it up. Not that many 7 goal games in Lightning history and there was potential for more. Any way, my thoughts on Denis, Janik/Delmore, the four fighting for the wing position and my version of the Fritz/Barnaby beat down. Denis - First goal was on Affy but it exposed Denis. Affy took a bad risk on the fore check and left his wing wide open. Lehtinen moved it down quickly with Modano in the middle and Jokinen on the left. Those three can fly. When Lehtinen got to the blue line and it was apparent none of the wings were going to catch up, the two defenseman slid over in unison. One to cut off Lehtinen and the other to tkae the gap between the other two. Tic-tac-toe Lehtinen to Modano to Jokinen moving Denis from left to right. The only thing that got there was his right pad on the ice. Jokinen had lots to work with. Same pattern on the second goal. Took Denis left to right and only the right pad made it. A couple times in the 2nd he did get his upper body there quick enough to make the stop, but still looked shaky. When going left to right he stays on the goal goal line and goes low. When going right to left he pushes out alittle in the crease and stays much more erect taking away alot more net. I noticed that a bit at last Sunday's scrimmage also. The 3rd goal was him all alone as Janik, Fritz & Karllson were all trying to get the puck from Modano on the boards who flipped it out front to a waiting Star who had Mark point blank all alone. The 4th goal, both Janik and Sarich retreated all the way to the endline and neither one of them took away even a sliver of the net essentially leaving a 3 on 0.

Preseason Game Night 9/24: Stars at Lightning

It doesn't happen often, but my goodness is this team scary when both the top lines are clicking at the same time. DAL-4 TB-7 Dan Boyle had a pair of power play goals and added an assist on the game. The Lightning power play was 3 of 6 tonight, continuing a promising trend in this preseason. Vaclav Prospal also had a pair of goals with the other three Lightning goals scored by Doug Janik, Martin St. Louis and Filip Kuba. St. Louis also had 2 helpers in the game. Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards both enjoyed incredible 4 assist nights while Dimitry Afanasenkov and [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] each had single assists. Marc Denis stopped 28 of 32 in the win. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20062007/GS010056.HTM]NHL.com[/url]. Among the team's prospects, Doug Janik was -1 in 18:12 with 1 shot on goal. Eric Perrin was -1 in 14:40 with 3 shots on goal and 1 blocked shot. The diminutive center also had an outstanding 4 takeaways on the night. Norm Milley looked to burnish his physical credentials with 4 hits in 13:54 with 1 shot and 1 blocked shot. [url=mitch-fritz]Mitch Fritz[/url] was -2 in 9:45 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. He also invited Matthew Barnaby's skull to become better acquainted with pain in a fight. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] was -1 in 10:51 with 3 hits. With Falcons camp hitting the ice tomorrow, expect another round of cuts soon.

Erlendsson: Tarnasky the Frontrunner?

Erik Erlendsson [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBJIN1UGSE.html]writes in today's Trib[/url] that LW/C Nick Tarnasky may have "the inside track" for the still open fourth line job alongside Tim Taylor and Rob DiMaio. Tarnasky's physical style may appeal to the Lightning more so than the finesse games of competitors Eric Perrin and [url=norm-milley]Norm Milley[/url] and while Milley and Perrin have shown offensive spark in the preseason Tarnasky's fight against Brad Norton in the game against Detroit may be the defining moment that puts him over the top. Tarnasky, a 2003 9th round pick, played in a dozen games for the Lightning last season registering 1 assist. He finished the year rated #6 in [url=http://www.boltprospects.com/prospects]Bolt Prospects' Final Rankings[/url] and was a consensus choice as the prospect most likely to make the Lightning this season by the Bolt Prospects staff.

Alexeev Skated

...and surprised many at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon this morning after flying home from Detroit on Saturday, a shiner visible beneath his visor. After about 20 minutes of full ice drills under Torts' direction, tonight's skaters packed their gear and left him to run half ice drills with Rammer and Reeser along with today's expected scratches of Egener, Rogers, Smaby, Sarich, DiMaio, Fedotenko, and Burke. Brady Greco still watching from upstairs. Ranger still out. Appears that Tarnasky, Perrin, Milley, and Fritz will fill the lower three RW slots while competing for Taylor's LW.

Second Round of Cuts, Alexeev Update

According to Erik Erlendsson's Blog on the [i]Tampa Tribune[/i] web site, the following players were reassigned to Springfield: D Sylvain Dufresne (SF contract) D Doug O’Brien W Eric Healey W Zdenek Blatny (SF contract) W Marek Kvapil C Blair Jones G Karri Ramo Vladimir Mihalik was returned to Prince George of the WHL without a contract. Mihalik had told the Prince George paper he was hoping for a contract this fall, much like Andy Rogers received last year. Also, Geoff Waugh, who was in training camp on a tryout agreement, was offered a minor league contract and was assigned to Springfield. Erlendsson says Feaster told him he expects to hear back from Waugh’s agent by Monday. This latest round of moves leaves the following 29 players in camp (injured Brady Greco excluded); prospects in [b]bold[/b]):
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