Helenius Cleared to Play

Bolt Prospects has learned from the Lightning that 2006 first rounder Riku Helenius has been cleared to play after recovering from shoulder surgery. Helenius, who was named the Lightning's top-ranked prospect and the 41st overall ranked prospect in The Hockey News' Future Watch, will participate in an under-19 tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia starting April 10.

Helenius' junior team has completed its season, recently being knocked out of the playoffs, and the goaltender will not join the Ilves Elite team as they're currently in a playoff run.

Lundin wins HEast award

Maine defensman Mike Lundin won the Hockey East's Len Ceglarski Sportsmanship Award yesterday. In 37 games played this season, the senior had only one minor penalty.

Lundin was also named to the HEast second-team. He finished the season with six goals and 13 assists for 19 points. Five of his six goals came on the power play.

CHL Game Night: 3/15

Mississauga 3 @ Barrie 4 (Shootout)
Chris Lawrence was scoreless and minus-1 in the IceDogs 4-3 shootout loss in Barrie. Lawrence was not one of Mississauga's 3 shooters in the shootout.

Erie 3 @ Sarnia
Kevin Beech did not dress tonight for Erie in their loss to Sarnia. Beech had started the Otters' last game.

Thursday's Superleague Playoff Score

#9 Cherepovets will stretch #8 Khimik to the limit after forcing a decisive Game Five with a 6-2 win today. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in the game and is -1 with 2 penalty minutes in 4 games thus far. Game Five will take place Saturday.

Falcons sign Dusty Collins to ATO

According to the Springfield Falcons website, Center Dusty Collins has been signed to a standard Amateur Tryout Agreement with the Falcons. Collins just finished his senior season at Northern Michigan. In his four years at Northern he scored 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points in 137 games. He also registered 135 PIM.

CHL Game Night: 3/14

Prince George 3 @ Everett 1
In what was basically an exhibition game, the Prince George Cougars got a win in Everett Wednesday night. Both teams, having already secured playoff positioning, sat several of their more prominent players. Vladimir Mihalik played for Prince George and was scoreless and even with a minor hooking penalty. Dane Crowley did not dress for Everett. Crowley was named Star of the Week this week for the Silvertips by the Seattle Times. Crowely had two assists during the two games the team played last week and was strong defensively. The loss by Everett last night marked the first time all season the CHL's No.1 ranked team lost two games in a row. Everett and Crowley will play Spokane in the first round of the WHL playoffs.

AHL Game Night 3/14: Falcons at Devils

You almost get the feeling that this team has already moved from a focus standpoint.

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Karri Ramo stopped 37 shots in the loss as the Falcons were outshot 40-24. Norm Milley had Springfield's only goal off assists by Jay Rosehill and Eric Healey.

First Period
SPR Milley, (23) (Rosehill, Healey), 10:11

Second Period
LOW Marshall, (6) (Fraser, Harant), 5:24
LOW Murphy, (15) (Pihlman), 19:19

Third Period
LOW Vrana, (11) (Murphy, Gionta), 13:44

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

Wednesday's Superleague Playoff Scores

#1 Kazan completed a three game sweep of #16 Novosibirsk today 5-3. Dimitri Kazionov once again did not suit up for Ak Bars.

#3 Ufa completed a three game sweep of #14 SKA defeating St. Petersburg 3-2 in a shootout. Anton But did not play in the match. He finishes the playoffs with 1 assist, 2 penalty minutes and a +1 rating in 2 games.

#4 Magnitogorsk finished off a three game sweep of #13 Tver today winning Game Three 3-2. Denis Kazionov finishes the playoffs scoreless with 2 penalty minutes in 3 games.

Vasily Koshechkin and #11 Togliatti's season ended today as they were swept by #6 CSKA losing Game Three 4-3 in overtime. Koshechkin finishes the playoffs with an 0-3 record and a 4.29 GAA.

#7 Yaroslavl completed a three game sweep of #10 Dynamo winning today 4-2. Albert Vishnyakov was scoreless in the match for Dynamo which was his only appearance in the playoffs. Evgeny Artyukhin did not suit up for the Lokomotive.

Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in #9 Cherepovets' 2-0 win over #8 Khimik to extend their opening round playoff series to Game Four.

After today's myriad of first round sweeps, Dimitri Kazionov, Evgeny Artyukhin and Alexei Glukhov are the only Lightning prospects remaining in action, although the elder Kazionov and Artyukhin have yet to play a game in the postseason.

Through three rounds of playoff games, the favored team is an amazing 46-2.

NHL Game Night 3/13: Lightning at Maple Leafs

The Lightning's road trip ends with a tough loss.

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Marc Denis allowed 3 goals on 28 shots in the loss. The Lightning got 1 goal and 1 assist from Brad Richards and a shorthanded goal from Dan Boyle with an individual assist belonging to Vincent Lecavalier in the game. Still, the road weary Lightning came a late Lecavalier goal post short of getting at least a point.

The Lightning squander their game in hand and still trail Atlanta by 2 points for the Southeast Division lead.

First Period
Tampa Bay 2:24, Brad Richards 24 (power play) (Vincent Lecavalier)
Toronto 11:43, Chad Kilger 11 (Kyle Wellwood, Darcy Tucker)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 4:36, Dan Boyle 16 (shorthanded) (Brad Richards)
Toronto 8:14, Mats Sundin 27 (Alexei Ponikarovsky, Nik Antropov)

Third Period
Toronto 5:51, Nik Antropov 14 (Mats Sundin, Hal Gill)

Game sheet from NHL.com.

TSN: New System for Determining Draft Order

Citing various sources, TSN is reporting NHL teams have voted 23-6 (with one abstention) in favor of introducing a ranking system that places a greater emphasis on playoff performance than regular season results.

Under the existing format, non-playoff teams were placed one through 14 with the lowest regular-season point totals getting the higher pick in the draft, subject to the draft lottery which allows the winning non-playoff team to move up as many as four places.

The remaining 16 teams were seeded 15 through 30 based on inverse order of regular-season finish with one exception - the Stanley Cup-winning team automatically received the 30th and final pick of the first round.

The new format will work as follows:

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