AHL Game Night 11/7: Bears at Admirals

Ryan Craig is back!


Jonathan Boutin stopped 36 of 39 shots faced in the win. The more work he gets, the better he plays.

First Period
HER Motzko, (2) (McNeill, Pollock), 12:05 (PP)
NOR Lampman, (2) (Jones, Wanvig), 13:52 (PP)
NOR Milley, (2) (Stewart), 14:32

Second Period
HER Motzko, (3) (Robitaille, Pokulok), 10:36
HER Motzko, (4) (Klepis, Potulny), 14:24 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Keller, (1) (Mihalik, Jancevski), 8:14 (PP)
NOR Craig, (1) (Lawrence, Schneider), 11:23
NOR Rooneem, (1) (Craig, Jancevski), 18:52 (PP) [/b]

Craig and Norm Milley were the first and third stars of the game, respectively.

Justin Keller finally breaks through for his first goal of the season. At least 19 more of those would be nice.

Game sheet from TheAHL.com.

NHL Game Night 11/7: Panthers at Lightning

The streak is over. Lets start a winning one.


Johan Holmqvist stopped 22 of 23 shots faced for the win.

First Period
Tampa Bay 1:48, Jan Hlavac 2 (Brad Richards, Paul Ranger)
Tampa Bay 6:37, Martin St. Louis 4 (Vincent Lecavalier)

Second Period
Florida 8:46, Kamil Kreps 1 (Mike Van Ryn)

Third Period
Tampa Bay 19:02, Vincent Lecavalier 8 (empty net) (Vaclav Prospal, Paul Ranger)

(Edmonton Sun) Dana Tyrell Claws His Way Into Leading Role

No matter what his role is, Dana Tyrell's work ethic remains the same.

After playing in the shadows of Devin Setoguchi, Eric Hunter, and Jared Walker last season, Tyrell has broke out in a big way this season with the Prince George Cougars.

"Even if things aren't going for Dana offensively, his work ethic is always the strongest on the ice. He is avery humble young man who plays the same way if he's the main guy or not," said Cougars head coach Drew Schoneck.

"Last year, he wanted to be 'the man', but he had a strong supporting cast of players. This year, he has taken that extra pressure and really been a force for our team in so many ways."

For the full feature by Jason Hills of the Edmonton Sun, which includes several quotes that give evidence as to why the Lightning chose Dana with their first choice in the 2007 draft, click here: Tyrell claws his way into leading role with Prince George Cougars

CHL Game Night 11/6: Holy Moller

Prince George Cougars 2 @ Chilliwack Bruins 4
C/W Dana Tyrell, PG: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM

The Chilliwack Bruins survived a 16-6 third period shots-on-goal onslaught to defeat Prince George and reigning WHL Player of the Week Dana Tyrell, who saw his 7 game point streak come to an end. Tyrell has at least a point in 13 of 17 games this year. WHL goal leader and LA Kings 2007 second rounder Oscar Moller scored twice for the Bruins. Moller has 20 goals on the year and an astounding 17 in his last 9 games.

Everett Silvertips 4 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 1
D Dane Crowley, EVT: 1-1-2, E, 2 PIM (roughing)

Crowley and Everett improved to 3-1 on their road trip. Crowley’s goal came on the power play when he one-timed a pass from the point. He earned a secondary assist on the game’s final goal. Crowley will face Lightning prospect Mitch Fadden and Lethbridge tonight (Wednesday).

Tyrell WHL Player of the Week

(WHL.ca) The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Dana Tyrell of the Prince George Cougars.

Tyrell picked up seven points in three games during the week of October 29th through to November 4th. He scored six goals, one assist and was plus one, helping the Cougars to a 3-0 record in that span.

On Monday, October 29th, the WHL Western Conference leading Vancouver Giants rolled into the CN Centre to face the Cougars. Tyrell picked up 2 power play goals to secure the Cougars 3-0 victory over the Giants. He also was named the games 2nd Star.

Ads Sign Winger to PTO

Norfolk Admirals General Manager Claude Loiselle announced today that Norfolk has signed left wing Mark Rooneem to a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO).

Rooneem, a 6-foot-2, 191-pound native of Hinton, Alberta, was leading the Mississippi Sea Wolves (ECHL) in scoring with five points (3+2) after seven games. The left wing participated in Norfolk's training camp earlier this fall. Rooneem split last season between the Texas Wildcatters (ECHL) and Houston Aeros (AHL).

(Source: norfolkadmirals.com)

Boyle Out/Smaby Back Up

Damian Crisdotero is reporting on his blog Dan Boyle has been put on IR indefinitely pending examinations by specialists looking into damage on his recently repaired wrist tendons. The Lightning have recalled defenseman Matt Smaby from Norfolk of the AHL in response.

NHL Game Night 11/5: Lightning at Panthers

Simply ridiculous.


Johan Holmqvist has allowed 4 goals on 30 shots in the loss. My kingdom for a goaltender who can just stop 90% of the shots he faces.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

Feaster to TSN: "It's Not the Coach"

When the Tampa Bay Lightning went winless in three games last week through the Metropolitan New York area, and then blew a 4-1 lead on home ice against Atlanta and lost 6-4 on Saturday night, you knew what was coming next.

Questions about John Tortorella's future as the head coach.

So consider the question asked and answered.

"It's not the coach, it's not an issue," Tampa general manager Jay Feaster said, with a laugh.

For the rest of the story, Click Here.

Craig to Norfolk for 2

(per tampabaylightning.com)

The Tampa Bay Lightning have activated center Ryan Craig off the Injured Reserve list and have assigned him to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League for conditioning, it was announced by Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster.

Craig is scheduled to play Wednesday and Friday for the Admirals before returning to the Lightning on Saturday in Washington. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound native of Abbotsford, British Columbia suffered a herniated disk in his back during the Lightning’s first preseason game on September 19 vs. Dallas and was placed on Injured Reserve.

Selected in the eighth round, 255th overall, at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Craig has appeared in 120 games with the Lightning during the past two seasons, recording 29 goals, 55 points and 61 penalty minutes.

(Thanks to BP member "Randy" for the heads-up)

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