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Newcomer might move

By KEVIN KELLY, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 13, 2002

TAMPA -- Dan Boyle can handle change.

In his first game with the Lightning, against Dallas on Tuesday, the defenseman made no fuss when he was asked to play on the left side of the ice instead of his customary right.

"I'll play wherever they need me," Boyle said.

With Fredrik Modin and Tim Taylor questionable for Saturday's game because of injuries, Lightning coach John Tortorella had a more daring idea. What about playing forward?

"I haven't talked to him about it, but I think I remember seeing him play forward," Tortorella said before the game. "I think as we go through, Dan will sort of help out on the blue line. But it will be game to game."

Boyle, acquired Jan.7 from the Panthers, said he is willing to help. Despite his 10 goals in 130 games, he can score.

"In ball hockey, summer league, yeah," he said. "I could score there."

Modin played Saturday, so Boyle spent the game on defense.

THE VOTES ARE IN: Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin finished seventh in fan voting for the World All-Star team.

Khabibulin received 37,108 votes, and World All-Star starter Dominik Hasek had 138,807. Khabibulin ranks ahead of Hasek in goals-against average (1.86 to 2.21) and save percentage (.935 to .911).

Modin received 24,580 votes for the World team. Center Vincent Lecavalier ranked 12th among North American players with 12,976 votes.

A RARE OPPORTUNITY: If the Lightning is looking to score, tonight's game at Atlanta might be the perfect chance.

The Thrashers have allowed a league-high 165 goals this season, 33 more than any other team through Friday. Tampa Bay had scored 82 goals, tied with Columbus for worst in the league, before its game against Ottawa.

FAST AS LIGHTNING: The Lightning's inaugural Bolt Run is Saturday and will include a 5-mile road race, 5K run and 1-mile Family Fun Walk.

Entry fees are $25 and include a T-shirt and ticket to the Lightning's game against the Canadiens that night. Additionally, $5 from each entry will go to the Suncoast Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Registration is available on tampabaylightning.com through Friday. Call (813) 301-6855 for more information.

ODDS AND ENDS: Defenseman Grant Ledyard was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. Taylor (groin strain) missed his third consecutive game and is day to day. ... The Lightning is auctioning off game-worn home jerseys through its Web site to benefit the Lightning Foundation. Twenty-one jerseys, which start at $300, will be available until Jan.21.

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