The WHL has announced the WHL All-Stars roster that will participate in their two games in the Canada/Russia Challenge. Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden will participate in both games for the WHL while Dana Tyrell will participate in one game for the team. According to the press release, "Team WHL was selected by a special committee of WHL General Managers along with Al Murray, Hockey Canadaâ€™s Head Scout for the Canadian National Junior Team, as part of the selection process for the 2008 World Junior Hockey Championships." The Canada/Russia Challenge is an annual tour through the three Canadian junior leagues by a team of "select" Russian under-20 players. Because Russian Superleague clubs rarely release their best young players to play in the tournament, the Canadians have enjoyed an overwhelming advantage at this event. Last year the Canadian junior leagues went 6-0 in the Challenge.
Ed Snider doesn't own the Philadelphia Flyers. The Tampa Bay Lightning own the Philadelphia Flyers.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 21 of 23 shots faced for the win including a handful of key saves in the third after the Flyers had pulled within 1 goal to preserve the win.
Erik Erlendsson of the Trib reports that Bolt Prospects alumni Ryan Craig, who is recovering from a back injury, may be sent down to Norfolk of the AHL for a conditioning stint before returning to the lineup for the Lightning. Craig last played in the AHL during the 2005-2006 campaign when he scored 12 goals and 22 points in 28 games for the Springfield Falcons.
Johan Harju had an assist and 4 penalty minutes in Lulea's 5-2 pummelling of Mora. Lulea currently sits in 8th on the Elitserien table with a 5-7-1 season mark.
Andreas Holmqvist had a power play assist as Frolunda took a 4-1 thumping at the hands of Farjestads. Frolunda sits in second on the Elitserien table at 8-5-1.
Saskatoon Blades 3 @ Everett Silvertips 4
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM, *First Star*
Crowley scored his second of the season and was named First Star. According Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald, Crowley and top pair defensive partner Taylor Ellington "did yeoman's work" on the backline, helping limit Saskatoon to 20 shots, and Crowley was "a man among boys." Crowley's goal came on a wrister from the point that found its way through traffic and over goaltender Braden Holtby's shoulder.
Results from Kelowna, Lewiston, and Victoria on the flip.
Unforced errors cost the Lightning the game.
Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 28 shots in the loss.
Washington 4:43, Dave Steckel 1 (Alexander Ovechkin, Viktor Kozlov)
Tampa Bay 7:27, Paul Ranger 1 (shorthanded) (Brad Richards, Jason Ward)
Washington 17:41, Brooks Laich 2 (Matt Pettinger, Shaone Morrisonn)
Washington 18:42, Chris Clark 2 (Brian Pothier, Michael Nylander)
Denis Kazionov did not play in Novokuznetsk's 3-2 loss to Novosibirsk.
Alexei Glukhov had a goal and 2 penalty minutes in Cherepovets' 3-0 shutout victory against Yaroslavl.
Anton But was scoreless in St. Petersburg's 4-1 loss to Khimik.
The St. Petersburg Times reported today Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle could play later this week. Also in the report was the fact Bolt Prospects alumnus Ryan Craig is participating in full practices after being out indefinitely with a herniated disc in his back.
Andreas Karlsson, who has not played due to a strained oblique, has been practicing with the team but Mathieu Darche's strong play in Craig and Karlsson's absence has kept Karlsson out of the lineup. Darche is also making a strong case for a permanent spot in Tampa.
With Craig's return, if a forward is sent down it may be former Admiral Craig MacDonald. It's unlikely at this point Karlsson or Darche would be demoted.
"Big Joe" keeps rolling...
Johan Harju had 2 goals and 1 assist helping Lulea to overcome a 4-1 deficit to defeat Timra 7-5. Both of Harju's goals came at even strength, one into the empty net, and Harju's assist came on the game winning goal with under 6 minutes to play in the game. The 2007 draftee also had 2 penalty minutes in the match.
Harju is currently tied for tenth in the Elitserien in scoring with 10 points in 12 games. His 8 goals on the season tie him for third in the league, and his 3 power play goals ties him with 6 other players, including former Lightning prospect Eero Somervuori, for fourth in the league in markers with the man advantage. Weep at what could have been this season Norfolk fans.
Elsewhere, Andreas Holmqvist had an assist in Frolunda's 5-1 win over Brynas. Holmqvist has 1 goal and 5 points in 13 games this season with 2 penalty minutes and a +4 rating. He has primarily played on Frolunda's top pairing with Ronnie Sundin.