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Three incidents trouble team; videotape at 11

The Lightning is not necessarily looking for justice, but it is does want to make a point.

Tampa Bay is so concerned about three on-ice incidents during Saturday's victory over the Penguins at the Ice Palace, it is submitting a video to the NHL, not to spur disciplinary action, but to spotlight the dangerous circumstances.

The incidents: Wayne Primeau's elbow to the back of Grant Ledyard's head that caused the defenseman to be placed on injured reserve with a concussion; Darius Kasparaitis' check of Brian Holzinger from behind into the boards; and Kasparaitis' knee-to-knee hit on Matthew Barnaby.

No penalties were called.

If disciplinary action is taken, and at this point that seems doubtful, it will likely be today before Pittsburgh faces the Devils. The NHL declined comment.

Ledyard, who needed seven stitches over his left eye from being crushed into the boards from behind by Buffalo's Vaclav Varada on Nov. 2, said he was glad the Lightning took action.

"Sometimes you have to say, "It's part of the game,' " Ledyard said Monday at the Ice Palace. "But for me, it's two in one week, so I'd like them to get that tape in."

The incident between Kasparaitis and Barnaby was the most visible as Barnaby went to the ice clutching his knee.

"I don't think he meant to hurt me," Barnaby said. "I think he meant to stick his knee out."

Barnaby stuck by comments he made after the game about payback.

"You have to make sure people don't take advantage of you," he said. "This thing has to be rectified."

"That's okay," Kasparaitis said. "I know every time I go into the corner against Barney, he's going to hit me hard. I know that. I didn't mean to do anything. It was an accident. I tried to apologize after the game."

STRATEGY SWITCH: Coach John Tortorella said he is switching to basically a three-line lineup with a fourth line used in special situations such as penalty kills or for a defensive boost.

The move was made to inject speed and energy into the offense, which has a league-low 30 goals.

"We're checking, checking, checking, but we need to get some offense," Tortorella said. "You can check the hell out of a top line, but if you don't score you're not going to win."

Tortorella said he is still experimenting, but the lines used Monday were Brad Richards between Fredrik Modin and Martin St. Louis; Vinny Lecavalier between Jimmie Olvestad and Ben Clymer; and Vinny Prospal between Juha Ylonen and Brian Holzinger.

Barnaby, Tim Taylor, Dave Andreychuk, and Gordie Dwyer are the remaining forwards. Andreychuk and Barnaby also could get power play time.

Tortorella said the makeup of the three lines is always open to competition.

"If they're going to play they are going to show me they should play," Tortorella said. "If they work both ends of the ice, that will get them ice time."

A CHANCE: The main beneficiary of the moves might be Holzinger, who has averaged just 7:50 of ice time on a checking line.

"Brian is going to get an opportunity," Tortorella said. "If he runs with it, great."

"I certainly hope so," Holzinger said when asked if this is an an opportunity to solidify his place on the team. "Even if you go back to last year, I think I played pretty well. I don't want to say I proved myself, but I have proven I can produce at this level."

Holzinger, one of the team's best skaters, has been mentioned as a trade possibility. So is this a chance or a showcase?

Either way, Holzinger said, "if this gives me the opportunity to play more, it's great."

HOLDING PATTERN: Tortorella said he toyed with breaking up the Modin-Richards-St. Louis line but decided against it because of its track record.

"I've seen that line do so many good things, I'm going to stick with it," Tortorella said.

COURT FIGHT?: Avangard Omsk president Anatoliy Bardin said in an interview published on the Web site hockeysfuture.com, his team will "in an established time" initiate "a court session in Florida, where we, acting as plaintiffs, will demand Tampa pay us for the Svitov case."

Tampa Bay selected Omsk star Alexander Svitov third overall in the June draft and signed him to a three-year, $3.6-million deal. Svitov is unable to come to the United States because of a two-year military obligation and is the center of a tug of war between Avangard Omsk and the Russian Central Red Army team.

Lightning spokesman Bill Wickett said the team is not concerned about Bardin's comments.

_ DAMIAN CRISTODERO

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