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Goalie Smith out, Ramo up



The last we saw of Lightning goalie Mike Smith he was smashing a water bottle and overturning carts in the hallway leading to the locker room after he was pulled from Friday's loss to the Flyers. It is unknown if that had any affect on Monday's announcement Smith will not fly with the team for Tuesday's game against the Islanders. Mike McKenna, signed Monday to an NHL contract, and Karri Ramo will be the goaltending duo. Riku Helenius, who made his NHL debut Friday in relief of Smith, will be sent to AHL Norfolk where he will start the next several games. It is unclear whether McKenna or Ramo will start against the Islanders. General manager Brian Lawton said Smith, who is out with an upper body injury, could join the team Wednesday in Pittsburgh. "He's only a couple days away," Lawton said.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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