Submitted by pete on January 31, 2006 - 21:16
Old man Burke is my hero. TOR-2 TB-3 (SO) In the battle of AARP members, it was Sean Burke who ruled with an iron fist. Burke made 25 saves on 27 shots before the Lightning won the shootout 2-0 on a beautiful deke to the backhand by Vincent Lecavalier and a businesslike wrist shot stick side past Ed Belfour. Rookie Ryan Craig scored a key power play goal early in the third banging home a Dan Boyle rebound for his 7th goal of the season. Fun with math: if you pro rate Craig's production over an 82 game schedule he'd be on a pace for 30 goals. Craig played 15:32 and made his only shot on goal count. Paul Ranger played 20:03 and was even with 3 shots on goal although he also had 3 giveaways. Doug O'Brien was limited to 6:50, thus necessitating Rangers' big minutes, and had 1 shot on goal. Doug appeared to me to be struggling with the speed of the game and his decision making when moving the puck was neither quick nor decisive. Norm Milley played just 3:43 with one hit. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020776.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on January 31, 2006 - 15:52
Yesterday the Johnstown Chiefs [url=http://www.johnstownchiefs.com/index2.htm]acquired goaltender Mike Betz from the Wheeling Nailers for cash.[/url] The 24 year old 5'10" 173 lb. netminder was a four year starter at Ohio State of the CCHA before taking a year off to serve in the Peace Corps. His best college season came as a junior when he posted a 20-11-5 record with a 2.24 GAA and a .904 save percentage. Prior to college he played two seasons with Sioux City of the USHL. To this point in his ECHL career he has played just one game with the Fresno Falcons in the 2004-2005 season. The move is an indication of the permanent status of goaltender Jonathan Boutin's callup to Springfield. Bolt Prospects has learned from the Lightning that the organization now has moved Boutin and Gerald Coleman ahead of Brian Eklund on the team's depth chart and have informed Eklund of his diminished role. Rumors last week in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat about a potential trade of one of Springfield's goaltenders almost certainly revolved around Eklund. From this point forward, Boutin and Coleman are expected to fight it out to decide who the #3 goaltender in the organization will be.
Submitted by pete on January 30, 2006 - 18:03
620 WDAE [url=http://www.620wdae.com/cc-common/mainheadlines2.html?feed=122843&article=388031]is reporting the Lightning have reassigned center Jason Jaspers to Springfield of the AHL.[/url] Despite being recalled to Tampa twice in the last half a month Jaspers has yet to play a game in a Lightning uniform.
Submitted by pete on January 30, 2006 - 13:13
Submitted by pete on January 29, 2006 - 22:07
The AHL All-Star Game is on tap for Wednesday, February 1st from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The AHL [url=http://www.theahl.com/AHL/06AllStar/tv.html]has put together a full TV schedule for the event.[/url] Nationwide, both the skills competition and game itself will be available live at 8pm on 1/31 and 2/1 respectively on NHL Center Ice. In the Tampa Bay area, the AHL skills competition will be available on tape delay on 2/2 at noon and the game will be shown on 2/5 at 3:30pm. The Springfield Falcons loan representative for the event is center Ryan Vesce.
Submitted by pete on January 29, 2006 - 19:07
Throw Bootsy a bone guys... POR-3 SPR-2 (SO) Jonathan Boutin made 42 saves on 44 shots faced before falling in the shootout. Still, to come in from the ECHL and get 3 of 4 points in the weekend against the division leader is impressive, even if he couldn't make that one more save with a minute and a half left in the third to preserve the win. All you ask of your goaltenders is to give you a chance, and both Boutin and Coleman have done that for the Falcons this weekend. Nick Tarnasky and Timo Helbling had the Springfield goals. Adam Henrich, Chris Dingman and Marek Kvapil added assists. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001665]TheAHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on January 29, 2006 - 16:25
Damn you Olaf Kolzig. TB-1 WSH-2 John Grahame stopped 22 of 24 in the loss. Evgeny Artyukhin hit a goal post with 2 seconds left in the failed comeback. Paul Ranger played 22:41 of even hockey with 1 shot and 2 hits. Doug O'Brien played 13:16 in his NHL debut but was plagued with 3 giveaways. Ryan Craig was -1 in 13:14 with no shots on goal. Norm Milley was effective early playing 10:32 with 1 shot on goal. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020763.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on January 28, 2006 - 23:25
Absent from the lineup for Springfield tonight against the Providence Bruins were center Jason Jaspers and defenseman Doug O'Brien. Both were recalled by the Lightning after Darryl Sydor and Rob DiMaio both left the game against the Flyers today after Sydor took a puck to the mouth and DiMaio's took a high stick. Both Jaspers and O'Brien have been playing well of late to earn the callup. Jaspers scored 2 goals in Springfield's come from behind triumph over Portland Friday night and had 5 goals and 9 points in his last 9 games. O'Brien has been solid defensively of late and has 8 assists in his last 10 games.
Submitted by pete on January 28, 2006 - 23:14
Short roster? No problem. JHN-4 WHE-2 Morgan Cey stopped 42 of 44 shots faced. In the last 48 hours he has now faced 94 shots on goal. Randy Rowe led a Chiefs attack that roared back from two goals down to pot four unanswered with his 17th and 18th of the season. Lightning prospect John Toffey assisted on the first Chiefs goal. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2752]ECHL.com.[/url]