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Published Mar. 4, 1993|Updated Oct. 9, 2005

The Lightning looked for answers Wednesday night _ not on the ice, but in the stands.

The club surveyed patrons, asking them to rate various aspects of the hockey operation, including ticket prices, Expo Hall, the music played during games and the team's mascot, Thunderbug.

"We've tried a lot of things and, especially as a first-year team, we're looking for feedback from the fans on what's appealing so we can plan accordingly," team spokesman Gerry Helper said. "The idea is to make the game as attractive to the fans as possible."

One of the more interesting questions was where fans would like the Lightning to play permanently, offering the following choices:

New arena at Fairgrounds.

Renovated Suncoast Dome.

Proposed Tampa Stadium site.

Downtown Tampa site.

Other.

"Personally, I'd put here (at Expo) it's easier for me to get here from Bradenton than it would be in downtown Tampa," said Ken Hunsader, 26.

Renee Lingle, 33, of St. Petersburg would like to see the Lightning play at the Florida Suncoast Dome "because I live over there."

More Paragon problems

Lightning officials said they were unaware that Wednesday's game was not shown on Paragon Cable.

"It comes as news to us if it's not on," Helper said. "If it was the case, we're disappointed for the fans. That's our No.

1 priority _ to have the games seen by as many people as possible."

Odds and ends

Lightning goaltender Wendell Young started for the fourth consecutive game and the ninth time in the past 10. Left wing Rob Zamuner's second-period goal was his second in two games _ the third time this season he's had goals in successive games.

Up next

The Lightning continues a three-game homestand Saturday against Calgary and Tuesday against Winnipeg. The Lightning is 0-2-0 against the Flames and 0-1-0 against the Jets.

Roberge suspended, fined

The Canadiens' Mario Roberge was suspended for one day without pay and fined by the NHL for hitting Darin Kimble of the Boston Bruins during a game Monday. The league said Roberge hit Kimble with a taped hand and badly bruised his eye. The suspension will cost Roberge $760. He was fined $500 and the Canadiens were fined $760. The suspension will be served on Montreal's next non-game, non-travel day.

On a roll

With two goals Wednesday, a first in his career, rookie left wing Rob Zamuner has totaled three in the past two games.

Perhaps more important, he's solidified his position as a linemate of All-Star center Brian Bradley and right wing John Tucker. At one point, Zamuner went 30 games without a goal.

"Zamuner's getting stronger with every game," Lightning coach Terry Crisp said. "We put him with Brads and Tuck and he wants to stay. That line is starting to gel, so leave it alone and find another."

Sweet victory

With its 20th win, the Lightning tied the mark of the expansion Winnipeg Jets in 1979-80. Next up is 24, by Buffalo and Vancouver in 1970-71.

"Our 20th is special for us; people said we weren't going to get 10," Crisp said. "And it came against the best team in the league. The guys should savor this for a night."

Odds and ends

Right wing John Tucker's two second-period assists gave him 34, matching his career high and tying him for the team lead with Bradley. With an announced crowd of 10,425, the Lightning has sold out 16 of 31 games and four straight at Expo Hall. The Canadiens' Mario Roberge was suspended for one day without pay ($760) and fined ($500) by the NHL for hitting Darin Kimble of the Boston Bruins during a game Monday. The Canadiens were fined $760. The suspension will be served on Montreal's next non-game, non-travel day.

_ BRIAN LANDMAN, AP

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