Fredrik Norrena has lost back to back games for the first time this season. Today, Linkopings lost to Timra 2-0 on the strength of a Jussi Tarvainen shutout. Norrena stopped 27 of 29 shots in the loss. His record now falls to 8-2-1. Andreas Holmqvist was moved down to Linkopings' fourth pairing for the game.
Meanwhile, on the Isle of Elba...
Jean-Francois Soucy notched an assist in Phoenix's season opening 4-2 victory over the Utah Grizzlies. The Roadrunners got a taste of Soucy's oft-hidden offensive capabilities in an intra-squad scrimmage which took place Wednesday just after Soucy's reassignment to Phoenix. In that game Soucy had a hat trick including the game-tying goal with just 35 seconds left.
Erik Erlendsson reports in the Trib that Evgeny Artyukhin and Nick Tarnasky have been sent down to Springfield of the AHL. The move is expected to be only a temporary measure to save cap room with the Lightning having a 4 days off until they play New Jersey Wednesday night. It is expected Tarnasky and Artyukhin will be recalled from Springfield at that time.
The Lightning's perennial woes against the Ottawa Senators continue as the roller coaster that is the '05-'06 Tampa Bay Lightning found a trough on the rails again tonight.
Nick Tarnasky and Evgeny Artyukhin found themselves involved in some physical altercations late in the game, most notably an Evgeny Artyukhin hit from behind that probably should've been a major opening up Patrick Eaves. Artyukhin with 7:05 of ice time, 1 shot on goal and 2 hits. Nick Tarnasky finished with 6:35 of ice time with 1 shot on goal, 1 hit, 1 takeaway, 37% on faceoffs and 2 PIMs. Logic dictates there will be some roster movement soon on the lower lines.
The Atlantic Division will be in trouble if the Falcons ever learn to protect a late lead.
SPR-4 (Final OT)
Jim Campbell, who scored the OT power play game winner, got the first star of the game. Jason Jaspers, who had 2G 1A, was the second star. Ryan Craig, who had 1G 1A, was the third star. Brian Eklund made 30 saves on 33 shots for the victory. Adam Henrich emerged from the doghouse for an assist tonight. Darren Reid grabs an assist on each of Jaspers' goal.
Game sheet can be found via TheAHL.com.
Three third period goals doomed the Chiefs in their first game of the season. Veteran netminder David Currie takes the loss for the Chiefs. Zbynek Hrdel started the game on the top line for Johnstown with Jay Rosehill playing on the second pairing and John Toffey seeing checking line duty.
The Chiefs' home opener and presumably the professional debut of Jonathan Boutin will come tomorrow night in Johnstown against Reading.
Mastovich has an article up on the beginning of the Chiefs' season tonight on the road in Columbia. According to Coach Anzalone, he's leaning towards starting veteran netminder Currie on the road in a hostile environment tonight before starting Lightning prospect Jonathan Boutin tomorrow night in the team's home opener against Reading.
Apologies for this story being two days late with Chad out in California this week...
Wednesday night, in a battle of two of the most potent offenses in the WHL, Kelowna defeated Moose Jaw on the strength of a 3G 1A effort in overtime 7-6. Keller, who scored the OT game winner, was the obvious choice for first star of the game. Moose Jaw's Blair Jones also had a goal in the contest.
Coach Tortorella went on a poigniant profanity laced tirade tonight after the game with the best of his vitriol aimed towards Eric Boulton and his cheap shot elbow on young Paul Ranger.
"The . . . guy should be playing in the . . . East Coast Hockey League, but instead he takes out a . . . NHLer," Tortorella said. "He'll be suspended, but who . . . cares? No one wants to see him on the ice anyway."
Eric Boulton may have gotten away with his disgusting act of cowardice tonight by the grace of the officials ushering him out of the building quicker than Colonel Parker got Elvis off the stage in Vegas back-in-the-day, but sans a reprieve from Hartley in the form of a scratch or the league in the form of a well intentioned but ill timed suspension Boulton will have to face retribution Saturday October 29th. Circle it on your calendar Eric Boulton.
And if I may suggest to tool of Eric Boulton's execution. I'd tell Fritzy to put him in the morgue.
Marek Bartanus scored his first North American goal tonight to pace the Owen Sound Attack to a 3-2 win over the Barrie Colts. Bartanus scored the game's first goal and finished with a plus-one rating. He now has one goal and one assist on the year.