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Springfield, Tampa Bay to Terminate Deal?

According to a report in today's Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, despite Springfield Falcons President and General Manager Bruce Landon denying Edmonton rumors at a recent booster club meeting, the newspaper states, "It’s widely believed that both sides will agree to terminate the deal, opening the door for Edmonton to align with Springfield and Tampa Bay to move its prospects south to Norfolk."

Landon had informed Falcons boosters the fact the AHL club and Lightning have two years left on their current affiliation deal.

The Times Leader cited a story in Sunday’s Edmonton Journal stating the Oilers could announce an affiliation deal with the Springfield Falcons shortly.

The Times Leader reported media sources in both Springfield, Mass., and Edmonton, Alberta, couldn’t confirm the Journal report, but the sources said that chances are good that the deal could come to fruition, possibly within the next week.

Springfield has been the Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate for the past three seasons.

The Falcons are in the midst of their eighth straight losing season.

NHL Game Night 3/10: Lightning at Flames

Lightning win Game Eight of the '04 Finals.

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Marc Denis stopped 25 of 27 shots faced in the win. The Secret Weapon, Nick Tarnasky, and Maurice, er, Vincent Lecavalier led the way with 1 goal and 1 assist each in the game. Dan Boyle added the game winning overtime goal and Tim Taylor, Jason Ward, Ruslan Fedotenko and Martin St. Louis each had individual helpers.

And tonight, I think this Lightning team took their game to another level. It might have been premature to label this team a Stanley Cup contender even up until the past few games. But, to go into a hostile building (the hardest building to get a road win in the NHL) where the entire city of Calgary of geared up for payback for the '03-'04 Finals and where there's so much emotion on the ice and come out with two points, that's the stuff of champions. And, to me, it's the way they did it. True, he only got 6:32 of ice time, but little by little Nick Tarnasky's role on the team is expanding. And, also, Jason Ward playing 13:07 and getting his first point in a Lightning jersey is also seeing his role expand. This team needs to get quality minutes out of guys like Ward and Tarnasky on their lower lines if they're going to be successful in the playoffs and as time goes by these players are starting to show they may very well be up to the challenge.

The Lightning's win, coupled with Atlanta's earlier loss to Florida, puts the Lightning back into a tie with Atlanta in points atop the Southeast Division and they've managed to eat up that game in hand the Thrashers were holding for much of the week. Good good deal. And, don't look now, Marc Denis is starting to play winning hockey again. If the Lightning can get Holmqvist and Denis playing well going into the playoffs then the team is going to have the kind of tandem that last year's Cup winner in Carolina proved can be successful.

First Period
Tampa Bay 18:25, Nick Tarnasky 4 (Tim Taylor, Jason Ward)

Second Period
Calgary 13:56, Jeff Friesen 5 (Rhett Warrener, Andrei Zyuzin)

Third Period
Calgary 4:28, Craig Conroy 11 (Andrei Zyuzin, Alex Tanguay)
Tampa Bay 6:35, Vincent Lecavalier 46 (Nick Tarnasky, Ruslan Fedotenko)

Overtime
Tampa Bay 2:59, Dan Boyle 15 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

Tampa Tribune: Ranger has Partially Torn MCL

The Tampa Tribune is reporting Lightning defenseman Paul Ranger is out indefinitely with a partially torn MCL in his left knee. Ranger was injured in last night's 3-1 Lightning win over the Edmonton Oilers when Raffi Torres fell on his knee. Filip Kuba was a healthy scratch last night in favor of Doug Janik, so expect Kuba to regain his spot in the lineup with Luke Richardson moving back into the No.7 spot.

NHL Game Night 3/7: Lightning at Oilers

Back on track.

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Marc Denis gave the Lightning just what they needed stopping 29 of 30 shots faced. Vincent Lecavalier led the way with a pair of goals while Vaclav Prospal had 1 goal and 1 assist. Martin St. Louis had a pair of helpers and Brad Richards, Dan Boyle and Doug Janik each had individual assists.

The Lightning climb back into a tie for the Southeast Division lead at 80 points with Atlanta holding a game in hand.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 3/6: Lightning at Canucks

What a wretched third period.

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Johan Holmqvist allowed 5 goals on 28 shots in the loss as the Lightning were outshot 28-17 in the game. Vincent Lecavalier had the only Lightning goal with assists from Filip Kuba and Dan Boyle. The Lightning collapsed practically from the drop of the puck in the third period allowing three goals in the frame to drop them 2 points back of Atlanta in the Southeast Division. Shame.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

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