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Tampa Bay Lightning GM Brian Lawton wants faster reviews

Brian Lawton said he has no problem with the league's video review process as it is applied. The Lightning general manager simply wants to see it sped up a bit.

Two reviews in Friday's 6-1 loss to the Flyers, both taking apparent goals away from Tampa Bay, were several minutes long and contributed to a game that took almost three hours.

"It can be detrimental to the product when the game takes so long," Lawton said, adding he would like to see reviews completed in 90 seconds.

"You just don't want to see it open-ended. If it takes four or five minutes, it is not conclusive."

Lawton was clear he was not complaining about either of Friday's decisions and said the league's operations staff "are the most honorable people I've ever met."

SUPER VIEWING: Vinny Lecavalier, Ryan Malone, Marty St. Louis, Ryan Craig, Lukas Krajicek, Andrej Meszaros and Jussi Jokinen attended the Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.

"I'm not sure I would have gone if the Steelers weren't there," said Malone, a Pittsburgh native.

INJURY REPORT: D Matt Smaby said a groin strain kept him out of six games recently and is something he must monitor. "Those things are nasty," he said. … LW Gary Roberts, out 31 games with a torn left elbow tendon, said he is "close" to being ready. … The returns from injured reserve of Roberts and F Paul Szczechura (lower body) will make for interesting roster juggling on a team already scratching two forwards per game.

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Tampa Bay Lightning GM Brian Lawton wants faster reviews 02/01/09 [Last modified: Monday, February 2, 2009 7:32am]
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