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LIGHTNING VS. FLYERS

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE FINAL

FORMAT: Two teams in each conference compete in best-of-seven series. The higher seed hosts the first two games, the lower seed the next two. Then they alternate home games until there is a winner, who advances to the Stanley Cup final.

ROUND THREE

TODAY: At Tampa Bay, 3

MONDAY: At Tampa Bay, 7:30

THURSDAY: At Philadelphia, 7

MAY 15: At Philadelphia, 3

MAY 18: At Tampa Bay, 7:30 +

MAY 20: At Philadelphia, 7:30 +

MAY 22: At Tampa Bay, 7 +

+ If necessary

FOLLOWING THE LIGHTNING

TELEVISION: Ch. 28 will broadcast Games 1 and 4. ESPN will carry Games 2-3, and ESPN2 will have Games 5-7, if necessary. Sunshine Network will broadcast pregame and postgame shows but not games.

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RADIO: David Mishkin is the Lightning play-by-play voice on WDAE-AM 620. Former Lightning general manager Phil Esposito serves as analyst. Broadcasts begin with a 30-minute pregame show and end with a 30-minute postgame show.

ON THE WEB: Visit the Times Web site at www.sptimes.

com/Lightning for:

+ A look back at six riveting days in the 1996 series between the Lightning and Flyers.

+ An interactive hockey quiz.

+ Explanatory stories on how the sport works.

+ Archive of stories from throughout the season.

ABOUT THE ST. PETE TIMES FORUM

ADDRESS: 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa.

SEATING CAPACITY: 19,758 for hockey.

FOOD/DRINKS: Fans may not bring food and drinks into the arena, but concessions are available. The XO Club is a special season-ticket level with food and drinks included, and Shots at Channelside is a sports and entertainment bar on the west side of the building.

CAMERAS: Still cameras are allowed as long as they don't have detachable lenses. No video cameras or camera bags.

SECURITY: Bags, backpacks, laser pointers, weapons, bottles, cans, sharp objects, sticks, poles, fireworks, pepper spray, mace and wrapped gifts are prohibited. Fans are subject to search at all entries. You'll move through more quickly if you don't bring bags or purses.

SMOKING: It is prohibited in the building but allowed outside the exits behind sections 126/128, 212 and 326/328. Fans can exit and re-enter the building at those areas.

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AUTOGRAPHS: Players enter and leave through Gate D. Some stop to sign autographs before and/or after games.

GETTING TICKETS

PRICES: From $43.75 to $323.75. Plus 200 $8 tickets on sale at the box office on game days.

BY PHONE: Call (813) 301-6600 or (813) 287-8844.

ON THE WEB: Visit Ticketmaster.com or tampabaylightning.com

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE FINAL

FORMAT: Two teams in each conference compete in best-of-seven series. The higher seed hosts the first two games, the lower seed the next two. Then they alternate home games until there is a winner, who advances to the Stanley Cup final.

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