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J.T. (that's Joshua Thomas, by the way) Brown set to make his Tampa Bay Lightning debut

J.T. Brown has not really practiced with the Tampa Bay Lighting. He participated in today's morning skate, yes, and he's had talks with coaches and his new teammates. But Tampa Bay's newly signed college free agent is pretty much going to wing it in his NHL debut tonight against the Jets.

"I'm probably not going to be able to do everything I did in college and, obviously, this will be a little bit of a learning experience for me," Brown said.

"We'll just throw him out there," coach Guy Boucher said. "Obviously, you don't necessarily want him against he top line, but it's going to happen. We're going to throw him out there and he's going to get a chance to show us the stuff our scouts and GM have seen in him."

Brown will start the game on a line with center Vinny Lecavalier. Boucher said Brown will play all of the five remaining games on the schedule and Brown said his initials stand for Joshua Thomas.

As for what Brown called a surreal morning in which he skated with the team and got some advice from Lecavalier in an on-ice conversation, Brown called it "surreal."

What advice did Lecavalier give? …

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Tampa Bay Lightning sticking with Dwayne Roloson in net until eliminated from playoffs

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"Well ... yeah," coach Guy Boucher said when asked if that was going to be the case.

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Tampa Bay Lightning signs coveted college player J.T. Brown from Minnesota-Duluth

The Lightning on Wednesday acquired one of the nation’s most-coveted college players when it signed Minnesota-Duluth sophomore forward J.T. Brown to a two-year, two-way contract that runs through the 2012-13 season. The plan is to get him into the lineup Saturday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum against the Jets, GM Steve Yzerman said.

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Captain Vinny Lecavalier set to return Thursday for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Devils

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"Happy to get back in the lineup," he tweeted.

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12:30: Chat live with Tom Jones

Want to talk about the Lightning, Bucs, Rays, Final Four, Frozen Four, sports on TV/radio? Whatever's on your mind, join Times sports personality Tom Jones for a live chat today, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Can't make it? Leave a question in the "Comments'' area below, then check back afterward to replay the chat.

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Dwayne Roloson, not Sebastien Caron, starts in net for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Bruins

It was 2 o’clock Tuesday morning when Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher said he made the decision to give Dwayne Roloson the start tonight against the Bruins in Boston. Originally, Sebastien Caron was to get his first Lightning start. But Roloson has played so well in a three-game winning streak – a 2.59 goals-against average and .928 save percentage – Boucher said he saw no other choice.

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Video: Tampa Bay Lightning C Steven Stamkos talks about his record-setting 53rd goal

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Former Tampa Bay Lightning D Pavel Kubina says it took "a few weeks" to get over trade to the Flyers

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Video: TSN's top-10 saves includes 2 by Sebastien Caron, the Lightning's newest goaltender

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Video: Tampa Bay Lightning C Steven Stamkos talks about his record-tying 52nd goal in win over Isles

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Tampa Bay Lightning players give goaltender Dwayne Roloson a standing ovation

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Former Tampa Bay Lightning G Nikolai Khabibulin on being back in Tampa: "Just a good feeling overall"

Nikolai Khabibulin, who backstopped the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 2004 Stanley Cup championship, played Thursday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for the first time since Game 7 against the Flames.

Here are excerpts from his interview with Edmonton and Tampa Bay area reporters:

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Reminder: Damian Cristodero chat today at 1

A reminder that Times beat reporter Damian Cristodero will be chatting live today, from 1-2 p.m., so bring all of your pressing Lightning questions. Can't make it? Leave a question in the "Comments'' area below, then check back afterward to replay the chat.

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Tampa Bay Lightning's Marty St. Louis, Vinny Lecavalier urge fans to salute Nikolai Khabibulin

Nikolai Khabibulin will be in net for Edmonton Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It will be the first time Khabibulin plays at the Tampa Bay Times Forum since Game 7 of the 2004 Stanley Cup final. The Lightning plans to recognize Khabibulin on the scoreboard, and Tampa Bay wing Marty St. Louis -- one of two holdovers from the Lightning's Cup team, with Vinny Lecavalier -- urged fans to salute one of the key players in the team's championship run.

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Lightning's Ryan Shannon out for rest of season after shoulder surgery; Dustin Tokarski reassigned

It's been a brutal season in terms of injuries for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and it got a little worse Tuesday as wing Ryan Shannon was sidelined for the last 10 games after surgery to repair his right shoulder. No other information was immediately available.

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