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Tampa Bay Lightning-Philadelphia Flyers game to be on discussed at GM meeting Tuesday

ST. LOUIS — The reverberations of Wednesday's game between the Lightning and Flyers apparently will continue at Tuesday's general managers meetings in Toronto.

Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said he did not recall how the agenda item is worded but there will be discussion — as happens "at every meeting," he said — about limiting neutral zone traps. The argument is that trapping schemes slow the game and limit offense and excitement. The Flyers apparently were making a statement against the Lightning's 1-3-1 system when they stalled breakouts from the defensive zone for up to 50 seconds.

"I don't know if it's about our game in particular, but I know that will be part of it," Yzerman said of the discussions. "We took the red line out and redefined hooking and holding and interference, all designed to help the team with the puck. I guess you can start a debate on what responsibility the defensive team has."

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette told Philadelphia reporters the defending team has the responsibility to initiate play: "The onus, to me, comes to the person without the puck to get it back."

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock disagreed. "The onus is on the guys with the puck to find a way to beat something," he said Saturday. "To me, you have to find a way to beat that. They don't do it to stall the game. They do it to protect their defensemen. You don't want to get bogged down in your own zone, so that's smart."

The Blues did not stall Saturday in their 3-0 win. They moved the puck quickly to prevent the Lightning from setting up the 1-3-1. "Our job is to get behind them, get into their defense and see what we can do," Hitchcock said.

Bigger picture, Yzerman said: "I just don't think there's a controversy. We're going to continue to do what we have to do to win games, and (coach Guy Boucher's) responsibility is to find ways to win games with the personnel he has, and he's going to continue to do that."

WELCOME BACK: D Eric Brewer played his first game in St. Louis since the Blues traded him to the Lightning in February for prospect Brock Beukeboom. "I've been traded enough, so you get used to it," he said.

That did not mean Brewer, who entered Saturday second on the team with 28 blocks and an average 22:51 of ice time, did not enjoy a reunion with some former teammates. "I enjoyed it here," he said of St. Louis. "I'm comfortable here and was treated well, so it's fun."

MEDICAL MATTERS: D Victor Hedman (upper body) missed his third straight game but skated with the team and stayed on the ice for a long workout. He could play Monday at Winnipeg. … LW Ryan Malone (upper body) also might play against the Jets. … D Mattias Ohlund (knees) is running and "practicing hard starts and stops on the ice," Boucher said.

ODDS AND ENDS: The Lightning's two second-period shots were a season low for a period. ... Boucher said he went with G Mathieu Garon because Dwayne Roloson played six straight games, including four starts, and will get much work the next little while. … Tampa Bay had no healthy scratches.

Tampa Bay Lightning-Philadelphia Flyers game to be on discussed at GM meeting Tuesday 11/12/11 [Last modified: Sunday, November 13, 2011 12:27am]
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