Smaby Assigned to Norfolk

According to Yahoo! Sports, the Lightning has assigned defenseman Matt Smaby to Norfolk of the American Hockey League.

Smaby, who made his NHL debut on October 4 against New Jersey, has recorded four penalty minutes in four games.

A Minnesota native and University of North Dakota product, Smaby spent a majority of last season at Springfield in the AHL, registering two tallies and 16 points in 66 contests. He was selected by the Lightning in the second round of the 2003 draft.

Damian Cristodero of the St. Pete Times speculates Smaby could return to Tampa after a three-game weekend with the Admirals and that this move looks to be unrelated to Dan Boyle returning.

CHL Game Night: 10/25

WHL
Lethbridge Hurricanes 4 @ Calgary Hitmen 0
C Mitch Fadden, LET: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM

Despite only managing 14 shots, Lethbridge shut out the league-leading Hitmen in Calgary 4-0 Thursday night. One of Fadden’s two assists came on the power play.

Fadden/Tyrell to Play for WHL in Canada/Russia Challenge

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 Canada’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.

NHL Game Night 10/25: Flyers at Lightning

Ed Snider doesn't own the Philadelphia Flyers. The Tampa Bay Lightning own the Philadelphia Flyers.

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TB-5

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.

First Period
Tampa Bay 6:50, Jason Ward 2 (Filip Kuba, Jan Hlavac)
Tampa Bay 9:27, Brad Richards 4 (power play) (Chris Gratton, Jan Hlavac)
Philadelphia 11:18, Jeff Carter 6 (unassisted)

Second Period
Tampa Bay 3:38, Vaclav Prospal 8 (power play) (Brad Richards, Vincent Lecavalier)

Third Period
Philadelphia 3:46, Mike Knuble 3 (unassisted)
Tampa Bay 13:26, Michel Ouellet 1 (unassisted)
Tampa Bay 18:49, Brad Richards 5 (empty net) (Jan Hlavac, Paul Ranger)

Possible Conditioning Stint In Craig's Future

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.

Thursday's Elitserien Scores

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.

Luca Cunti Update

Kevin Allenspach of the St. Cloud Times has posted an update on Lightning prospect and Husky hopeful Luca Cunti, detailing the situation with the NCAA Clearinghouse: Prospect remains in purgatory, but for how long?

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CHL, BCHL Game Night 10/24: Crowley Honored

WHL
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.

NHL Game Night 10/24: Lightning at Capitals

Unforced errors cost the Lightning the game.

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WSH-5

Marc Denis allowed 4 goals on 28 shots in the loss.

First Period
Washington 6:33, Chris Clark 1 (Alexander Ovechkin)
Tampa Bay 16:40, Jason Ward 1 (Brad Richards, Paul Ranger)

Second Period
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)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 14:06, Martin St. Louis 2 (Vaclav Prospal, Mathieu Darche)
Washington 19:56, Alexander Ovechkin 5 (empty net) (Brian Pothier)

Tuesday's Superleague Scores

Denis Kazionov did not play in Novokuznetsk's 3-2 loss to Novosibirsk.

Neither Evgeny Artyukhin nor Albert Vishnyakov played in Omsk's 4-3 shootout victory over Spartak.

Alexei Glukhov had a goal and 2 penalty minutes in Cherepovets' 3-0 shutout victory against Yaroslavl.

Vasily Koshechkin dropped to 3-9-1 on the year in a gutwrenching 1-0 loss to Nizhnekamsk. Dimitri Kazionov was scoreless in the match for Ak Bars.

Anton But was scoreless in St. Petersburg's 4-1 loss to Khimik.

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