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Smolenak claimed off waivers by Chicago Blackhawks and other transaction news

The Chicago Blackhawks have claimed Lightning wing Radek Smolenak off waivers.

Tweeting live from The Scope tonight (Lightning @ Admirals scrimmage )

The Lightning are playing again tonight in a non-official exhibition contest (or simply a scrimmage). This time, against the Norfolk Admirals, the team's AHL Affiliate. Our very own Cassie McClellan will be at the game tonight and (barring any technical problems) will be tweeting during events at the game on our official Twitter account (@rawcharge).

Lightning hold off Oilers in overtime, 4-3

Winnipeg played host to another game by the Lightning where they were outshot by their opponents. This time, the Bolts scored in overtime to win and improve their record to 3-1-2 for the pre season. For those who would liek to watch the entirety of the game and see just what happened, you can find a video replay of the entire game on TSN's web site. (Hat tip Dustin Keene)

Tampa Bay Lightning Insider Geography Lesson

If you were wondering, here's what the Lightning's trip looks like (you can see more on Google Maps). The Lightning Insider is an anonymous individual who writes blogs detailing team travel...

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg, MB game thread

4th game, 4th night in a row. The Lightning play the Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg tonight.

Bolts lose 4-3 in the Shootout to Phoenix

The Bolts dropped to 2-1-2 for the preseason with a shootout loss to the Coyotes on Wednesday night from Loveland, Colorado. There were penalty kill failures, power play failures and the Bolts were again outshot (29-18 )... The Bolts play the Edmonton Oilers in Winnipeg, Manitoba tonight and will scrimmage against the Norfolk Admirals on Friday night in Norfolk, Virginia before heading to Atlanta to play on Sunday.

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Phoenix Coyotes, from Loveland, Co game thread

Lightning and Coyotes dance the dance of Exhibition once again, this time in Loveland Colorado. It's the NHL pre-season and this is an open game thread!

Lightning ownership situation back in spotlight

The merry-go-round continues to spin regarding Bolts ownership and a new report suggests Oren Koules is letting Len Barrie continue his quest to buy him out, just as Koules prepares his own buyout of Barrie.

Interview with former T-Birds' goaltender Riku Helenius

Lightning goaltending prospect Riku Helenius has a connection to the Northwest, having played for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL during the 2007-08 season. That being said, our friend Su Ring with TV station King5 in Seattle talked with Riku for a few minutes on Tuesday and asked about transitioning to the North American game as well as his time in Seattle.

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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Phoenix Coyotes at Everett, Wa. Game Thread

The second part of back-to-back-to-back-to-back games for the Lightnign thsi week. This time they're in Everett, Washington and facing off against the Coyotes.

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