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Jablonski's happy return

Tampa Bay's Pat Jablonski will be in goal tonight against his old teammates, the St. Louis Blues.

Jablonski is coming off a 40-save performance in the Lightning's 4-4 tie Sunday night at Chicago.

Jablonski also had a big game against the Blackhawks on Feb.

26, 1991, for his first victory in the NHL. He stopped 31 of 32 shots, including a rejection of Michel Goulet's penalty shot.

Jablonski, 25, was a seventh-round draft pick (138th overall) of the Blues in 1985. He played in 22 games and had a 5-12-3 record with a 4.18 goals-against average.

Both Jablonski and Wendell Young have played well.

"They have both kept us in games," Lightning coach Terry Crisp said. "We're very pleased with our goaltending."

Memories of St. Louis

Every time Lightning defenseman Rob Ramage walks into St. Louis Arena, he gazes up at the banner that reads "Barclay Plager, No. 8."

"He passed away (during the last year I was here) of brain cancer," Ramage said of the former Blues coach, who died in 1988. "I have a lot of emotion about it."

Plager, the brother of current St. Louis coach Bob Plager, was an assistant coach with the Blues in 1982 when the Colorado Rockies traded Ramage to St. Louis.

"I was young, only 22 when I first got here (St. Louis)," Ramage said. "I was kind of lost. He took me under his wing. He helped me on the ice, and off the ice."

Ramage played almost six seasons with the Blues. His fondest memory is when St. Louis made it to the Campbell Conference finals in 1986.

"We were a real group of overachievers," Ramage said.

Ramage's stint with St. Louis ended on March 7, 1988, when he and Rick Wamsley were traded to Calgary for Steve Bozek and Brett Hull.

Crisp: Pull the trigger

Crisp has two complaints about his team. He wishes his players would finish better on the power play and shoot more.

"We move the puck well and we set up well (on the power play)," Crisp said. "But it's only window-dressing if we can't score."

The Lightning was 3-for-11 on the power play in its season-opener against Chicago. All three goals were scored by Chris Kontos. But the Lightning was 0-for-4 at Minnesota and 0-for-5 Sunday night at Chicago.

Tampa Bay was also badly outshot at Minnesota (35-20) and Chicago (44-31).

"I want the guys to take more shots," Crisp said. "I don't want them to be so fancy. They are making one more deke (fake) and one more pass."

Injury report

St. Louis: Defenseman Bret Hedican is out eight weeks because of a ligament sprain in his left knee. Center Ron Sutter is day-to-day because of an abdominal muscle strain.

Lightning: Defenseman Peter Taglianetti is expected to play tonight. He tried to play Sunday night but was unable to because of an injury sustained when a puck hit him on the kneecap Saturday at Minnesota. Center Rob DiMaio suffered a slight concussion after a fight with the Blackhawks' Stu Grimson and is questionable.


"We have to treat them like they're the best team in the league," _ Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Ed Belfour, who has given up 11 goals to the Lightning.