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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.

Alexeev Claims He Grew An Inch

Nikita Alexeev claims he grew an inch and gained 10 pounds of muscle when he was in Russia [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2006/09/13/Lightning/Stint_in_Russia_gave_.shtml]in a Damian Cristodero article in the Times.[/url] He also claims he will "light it up" and "dominate every year." In related news, Alexeev also has some prime land in the Everglades he's looking to sell. The former 2000 1st round draft pick had 6 goals and 10 points in 40 games last season for Omsk in the Russian Superleague. Rhetorical question: if he didn't "light it up" in Russia how likely is it he will "dominate" now in the NHL? Not very. But I'm receptive to being surprised.
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