Submitted by pete on April 21, 2006 - 19:41
Opportunity lost. Ottawa leads the series 1-0. TB-1 OTT-4 John Grahame, who played well, stopped 34 of 37 before Ottawa tacked on an empty net goal. Grahame held Ottawa scoreless through 40 minutes before allowing three in the third period, only one of which by Spezza he could really be faulted for. The good news is that the Lightning got 36 shots on goal on Ray Emery. The shame is that they seemingly could not finish to save their lives. The team hit a couple of crossbars that could've meant a critical 2-0 or even 3-0 lead and had multiple other chances that they squandered. They have to bury those chances and get another good goaltending performance from John Grahame to even the series in game two. [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url] was even in 16:00 in his first career playoff game. He had 2 shots and 1 hit. [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url] played 15:38 of even hockey with 1 shot, 2 hits and 2 blocked shots. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] had 2 hits in 3:22. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS030111.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on April 21, 2006 - 13:16
Lightning prospect winger [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] has been [url=http://whl.ca/news/?id=4304]nominated out of the Western Conference for WHL player of the year.[/url] Keller finished the WHL regular season 1st in goals and 5th in overall scoring before his Kelowna Rockets lost to Everett in the second round of the playoffs. Out of the Eastern Conference, goaltender Justin Pogge of Calgary may be the favorite to win the award.
Submitted by pete on April 20, 2006 - 15:23
I haven't seen them officially released anywhere yet, but Bolt Prospects does have access to the CSS's password protected site and they have complete their Final Rankings for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Bolt Prospects will go into more detail on some of these players later in the summer, but for now, here's a sampler: [b]North American Skaters[/b] 1. D Erik Johnson, 6'4" 222 lbs, USNTDP (US) 2. C Jordan Staal, 6'4" 215 lbs, Peterborough (OHL) 3. C/W Jonathan Toews, 6'1.5" 195 lbs, North Dakota (WCHA) 4. C Derick Brassard, 6'0.5" 172 lbs, Drummondville (QMJHL) 5. C Phil Kessel, 6'0" 189 lbs, Minnesota (WCHA)
Submitted by pete on April 20, 2006 - 14:06
HPK is now just win away from claiming the SM-liiga championship as they defeated Assat in game three today 5-3 to take a 2-1 series lead. Miika Wiikman was again in net and stopped 30 of 33 shots faced en route to being named the game's third star. [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] again served as backup.
Submitted by pete on April 19, 2006 - 20:22
[b]WHL[/b] There was no tomorrow for either Moose Jaw or Calgary in game seven of their second round WHL playoff series where Moose Jaw triumphed over the Hitmen 3-1 to win their second round WHL playoff series. The Warriors took the lead for good in the game on the strength of a Steven Gillen shorthanded goal off an assist from [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones.[/url] Jones, already tabbed by the Calgary Sun as the clear cut MVP of this series, was +1 in the game.
Submitted by pete on April 19, 2006 - 19:54
The Toledo Storm, led by coach Stan Drulia, have swept the Johnstown Chiefs 3-0. Season over for Johnstown. TOL-5 JHN-3 It was just a bad goaltending effort by the Chiefs tonight. I watched the game on B2 Networks, and I'll give my take on the flip. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=3218]ECHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on April 19, 2006 - 08:44
The St. Pete Times is reporting that the Lightning have summoned several of its players from Springfield to join the club as its taxi squad for the playoffs. [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url], [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url], Norm Milley, Jason Jaspers, Zdenek Blatny, [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url], Mitch Fritz, [url=doug-obrien]Doug O'Brien[/url] and [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] will practice in parallel with the team as the playoffs go forward. In the article, Tom Jones also states that Darren Rumble will stay in Springfield as an assistant next season but that he is not a candidate for head coach. In addition, GM Jay Feaster sinks the sentimental idea of Dave Andreychuk becoming Falcons head coach because the team is looking for an experienced bench boss and because Andreychuk simply has no interest in coaching. If the Lightning are looking to promote from within, that points to only two people: Bill Barber (unlikely) or Johnstown head man Frank Anzalone.
Submitted by pete on April 19, 2006 - 08:31
The NHL [url=http://www.nhl.com/news/2006/04/269288.htm]has released its schedule[/url] for the first round of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Lightning's first game will take place Friday at 7 pm in Ottawa. Game 1: Friday, April 21st 7:00 PM Tampa Bay at Ottawa CBC Game 2: Sunday, April 23rd 6:00 PM Tampa Bay at Ottawa CBC, OLN Game 3: Tuesday, April 25th 7:00 PM Ottawa at Tampa Bay OLN, CBC Game 4: Thursday, April 27th 7:00 PM Ottawa at Tampa Bay OLN, CBC Game 5: Saturday, April 29th 7:00 PM Tampa Bay at Ottawa CBC, OLN (If necessary) Game 6: Monday, May 1st 7:00 PM Ottawa at Tampa Bay OLN, CBC (If necessary) Game 7: Wednesday, May 3rd 7:00 PM Tampa Bay at Ottawa CBC (If necessary) Ottawa swept the regular season series 4-0.
Submitted by pete on April 18, 2006 - 21:12
Barring the team repeating as Stanley Cup champions, the Lightning will pick 15th overall in the June draft. [url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/standings?season=2006&group=league&column=points&order=false&seasontype=2]A quick look at the standings reveals[/url] the Lightning with the least amount of points amongst the teams that made the postseason, placing them just outside the 14 team draft lottery. For those who are wondering, the Lightning [url=http://www.freewebs.com/eggmanandwalrus/draft_picks.txt]currently hold 4 picks in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.[/url] They will have their 1st round, 3rd round, 6th round and 7th round selections. The club traded its 2nd, 4th and 5th round selections in seperate deals with Philadelphia, San Jose and Dallas last year. Bolt Prospects will profile players we feel might be available at the Lightning's selection during the summer as draft day nears.
Submitted by pete on April 18, 2006 - 20:10
The Lightning may live to regret having treated this game like a preseason tilt. WAS-4 TB-1 From the lack of any significant effort along the boards to John Tortorella's decision to rotate his goaltenders mid game, this had the feel of an exhibition. Problem is, no one told the Caps. As a consequence, the Lightning lost the opportunity to move into the 7th seed in the East due to Montreal's loss to New Jersey tonight. Instead, the Lightning are now the #8 seed and rather than playing Carolina they will have an opponent they don't match up as well with: the Ottawa Senators. Ryan Craig finished off the regular season of his rookie campaign off with a power play assist. Paul Ranger was -1 in 22:07 with 3 shots on goal, 1 hit and 3 blocked shots. Timo Helbling, filling in for a resting Pavel Kubina, was -1 in 16:20 with 1 shot, 3 hits and 3 blocked shots. Craig was even in 15:27 with 4 shots on goal. Evgeny Artyukhin was even in 9:09 with 1 shot and 1 hit. In addition to playoff matchups, by night's end we should have a good idea of what pick the Lightning will receive in the June entry draft. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021228.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]