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UPDATED, EH: GameDay in Tampa Bay ... Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning ... Tomas Vokoun, Nick Tarnasky IN ... Jassen Cullimore, Anthony Stewart OUT ... Goodbye Arena Football League

Lightninggirls TAMPA -- Finally picked up some Internet here at Billboard Arena North and am ready to fill everyone in on what's happening with the Florida Panthers.

First off, Tomas Vokoun gets the start again today, Pete DeBoer saying he deserves it after the performances he's been giving the Panthers of late. Also, says he wants to be fair to his two guys. ''I would have done the same for Andy.''

Second, Jassen Cullimore is still out. PDeB says its a bone bruise in his hand, and it's on a pressure point. ''It's right where he holds his stick. It's painful,'' PDeB said.

Third, Nick Tarnasky gets another shot at Evgeny Artyukhin if he so wishes. He's in, Anthony Stewart is out.

Expecting to see Mike Smith get a second straight start against the Panthers.


-- Tampa Bay is 0-for-12 on the power play against the Panthers this season.

-- Bryan McCabe has four goals in three games against the Bolts this season.

-- Mike Smith got his first career win against the Cats last night.

-- Bolts in shootout this season: 2-6; Florida 2-3

-- Tampa is 2-6-2 on Saturdays; Panthers are 2-3-1

-- Tampa is 1-4-0 on the second game of a back-to-back; Panthers are 3-3

-- Panthers' leading scorer is Jay Bouwmeester with 19 points, lowest team leader in NHL by far. Second: Montreal with three players at 26 points each.


Bucs_2 TAMPA -- Greetings from the place 'they' call Hockey Bay USA, home of the Lightning, Bucs, Rays and formerly the Arena Football League's Storm.

Don't know if you've heard, but Arena football has gone away, perhaps forever. It was a fun league, and I had plenty of fun when we had a team way back when, both the Miami Hooters and Florida Bobcats.

Arena football was big up here, some Tampa fans trying to claim their AFL titles as legitimate professional sports championships. No one else was Tbaystorm buying it. Of course, congrats go out to the Philadelphia Soul, the defending AFL champ perhaps in perpetuity.

Yes, I know this is a hockey blog. But I just got into town and have very little news. I will later. Meeting with players and Pete DeBoer at Lakeland Ledger Arena in the coming hours and hopefully will have gobs upon gobs of news for you to ponder over as you get ready for Hockey Night in Florida.

I expect to see Craig Anderson between the pipes tonight, although Pete may just go with Tomas so he can get those three goals out of his system from last night. I wouldn't bet on it. I would bet on Andy going tonight.

Will be interesting to see how much of last night's hostilities work their way into tonight's tilt. Will also be interesting to see if Nasty Nick Tarnasky is back in the lineup. He's been flipping time with Anthony Stewart, but his willingness to throw last night could keep him in there one more night just in case more fisticuffs are needed.

Will be back later. Enjoy the Tangerine Bowl.

-- Staying at the same hotel as the Outback Bowl's South Carolina Gamecocks. Will tell the ol' ball coach everyone says hello when I see him.


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Pretty sloppy on the penalties today, they battled back to tie it at 3, but then just floundering again.

Is this the Panthers not playing well or the Lightning finally starting to get things together?

Tomas giving up a 6 spot so far, Andy has to be in net on Monday.

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It says they share their campus with a crack house and that the owner, Alan Kerr, was fired for favouring his own kid in Port Alberni. There is no way I am going to spend 38K for a program where my kid doesn't get fair ice time and I have to worry about crack. Does anyone know anything about them? Also, what advice can you give on top programs in Canada?


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