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Shots Don't Bother Ramo

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Apparently, life between the Lightning pipes isn't all that bad after all. For the average cubically-employed citizen, facing 40 pieces of fast-flying rubber a night doesn't exactly sound like a delightful way to spend an evening. But for Lightning G Karri Ramo, well, it's just another day at the office. And guess what, he loves it. While Lightning interim coach Rick Tocchet is likely not impressed with the fact Tampa Bay has given up 40 or more shots in four straight contests, Ramo, on the other hand, relishes playing the role of opposition target practice.
"It's actually pretty good to have that many shots. It keeps you in the game and it's easier to keep focused all the time. I like to play with 30-plus shots, but sometimes 40-plus shots is good. "It's obviously not good for the team to have 40 shots ... but for me you get a good sweat, you're always warm." At least it's good news to know he's going to battle whatever flies his way. But for the Lightning to be successful tonight, a little defense might do some good because with Roberto Luongo in the opposite net, it's going to be hard to score their way out of trouble. SHIFT SHAKE-UP Old school, I'd like to introduce you to new school. The Lightning took to the ice Thursday in Vancouver and the latest trio de jour was a concoction of old in Mark Recchi, new in Steven Stamkos and somewhere in the middle in Marty St. Louis. Although the new line is a brand-new recipe from Tocchet's kitchen, the grizzled veteran in the bunch is excited about the potential. "Stamkos and I haven't played a lot together so this will be good," Recchi said. "This is probably one of the first times I've played with Marty as well. It felt great in practice and we're ready to roll and we'll see where we can take this." VINNY'S JUST FINE Vinny Lecavalier skated in practice Thursday and looked just fine. The center hobbled out of Edmonton after taking a shot to his right heel but after a day off, he said there's still a little pain but he'll be good to go against the Canucks. Mark Janzen
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