Submitted by pete on April 2, 2006 - 21:41
You know its sad when a guy who ran the print magazine version of HockeysFuture into the ground after just 3 issues has more credibility than the current band of hacks that occupy the editorial position at that empty shell of a website. And yet, that's where we are. Shane Malloy has more journalistic credibility than Holly Gunning (HF's online editor) and Ken McKenna (HF's managing editor). How do I know this? Because Shane Malloy [url=http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/5441640]actually did a shred of homework before writing an article about the Lightning organization[/url] and Gunning and company [url=http://hockeysfuture.com/article.php?sid=8549\]clearly didn't.[/url] HockeysFuture released their Spring organizational rankings today, and first let me say it's a really bright thing to release rankings a week and a half into the CHL playoffs. After all, it's not like the postseason is important or anything. Yes Holly, that's sarcasm. In any event, once again the biased HockeysFuture editorial staff and their intrepid band of statistic cut and pasters have pegged the Lightning 30th in the league in terms of prospects. On the eve of the graduation of the third Lightning prospect the club has placed into the NHL this season no less! Gotta give 'em credit for having chutzpah. No clue, but they've definitely got chutzpah.
Submitted by pete on April 2, 2006 - 18:17
When Ryan Craig takes the ice tomorrow night at the Forum against the Panthers he will be in his 41st game of the season for the Lightning. By Bolt Prospects criteria, that will graduate him from prospect status making him the third Lightning prospect to become a full fledged NHLer this season. Congratulations to Craig for reaching this milestone. [img]http://www.lili.org/forlibs/marketing/rtm-librarian/graduation-cap.jpg[/img]
Submitted by pete on April 2, 2006 - 17:08
There were no Lightning prospects in action in the CHL Playoffs last night. [b]QMJHL[/b] Chicoutimi (Stanislav Lascek) continues to rest after sweeping Baie-Comeau in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs. [b]OHL[/b] Kevin Beech had a 33 save shutout as Sudbury defeated Kingston 4-0 to advance to the second round of the OHL playoffs winning their series 4-2. Beech was named second star of the game. Radek Smolenak's season comes to an end in a game where he was scoreless and -1 with 2 PIMs for Kingston. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw triumphed tonight in a pivotal game five defeating Brandon 1-0 to take a 3-2 series lead. Blair Jones scored the only goal of the game and was named second star in the win. Kelowna defeated Kootenay 5-2 to win their first round series 4-2. Justin Keller was scoreless and even in the game. The Rockets won three straight games after falling behind 2-1 earlier in the series.
Submitted by pete on April 2, 2006 - 17:04
It's just painful. SPR-2 PRO-6 Gerald Coleman stopped just 29 of 35 in the loss. Springfield got a power play goal from Ryan Vesce in the first on the power play from PJ Atherton and Dan Cavanaugh and a garbage time goal with 19 seconds left from Jason Jaspers. Jaspers' goal was his 25th from Kvapil and Blatny. Kvapil has 17 goals and 41 points in 72 games as a rookie. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002030]TheAHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on April 2, 2006 - 16:32
Submitted by pete on April 2, 2006 - 16:29
HPK will have plenty of rest by the time the SM-liiga semifinals begin on April 5th. HPK disposed of Ilves in a quick 4 game sweep and will now face #2 seed HIFK in the next round. HPK was the #3 seed in Finland's top league entering the postseason.
Submitted by pete on April 1, 2006 - 21:17
It almost makes me vomit when we drop a game to these clowns. TB-2 FLA-4 You know what the difference is between the inspired effort against the Thrashers and this stinker tonight? Fear. The Lightning are afraid of Ilya Kovalchuk in particular, so they bring their highest intensity level to the rink. Against Florida? These are the patsies that allowed the Lightning to score 4 goals in the third period to tie it last game, so zero intensity. And when you do that, even against patsies, you will lose if the patsies have a goaltender like Roberto Luongo. Lesson learned, I hope. Florida is on the schedule two more times. John Grahame stopped 22 of 26 before being pulled for Sean Burke who stopped 9 of 9. Paul Ranger was -2 in 25:44 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot. Get well soon Boyle and Kubina. Ryan Craig was -1 in 15:41 with 2 shots, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Timo Helbling was -1 in 11:27 with 1 hit. Evgeny Artyukhin had 3 shots and 1 hit in 5:45. Bringing up the rear, Doug O'Brien played just 4 shifts getting 2:45 of ice time. There's a vote of no confidence right there. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021102.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on April 1, 2006 - 21:13
Morgan Cey greeted rudely in his ECHL return. JHN-2 WHE-5 Cey stopped 30 of 34 before Wheeling tacked on the empty net goal. Dennis Packard stayed hot with 2 assists while Andre Deveaux potted his 4th goal in the ECHL. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=3135]ECHL.com.[/url]