Game Day 4/9: Lightning at Panthers

Regardless of the outcome, [url=http://www.refocus-now.com/Stock/Ideas/images/Lottery%20Balls,%]we know what the Panthers have awaiting them.[/url] TB-3 FLA-6 John Grahame stopped 42 of 47 in a game that saw a complete third period collapse by the Lightning. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021160.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

CHL Playoffs Today: 4/9

[b]QMJHL[/b] Chicoutimi (Lascek) and Gatineau did not play today. Their series is currently tied at 1-1. [b]OHL[/b] Sudbury (Beech) currently trails Peterborough in their series 2-0. They did not play today. Owen Sound (Bartanus) and London's series is tied 1-1. They did not play today. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw defeated Calgary 3-2 in overtime today to pull their playoff series to even at 1-1. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] scored the overtime winner and was +1. He was named 1st star of the game. Kelowna defeated Everett 3-2 to pull even in their second round playoff series at 1-1. [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] was scoreless and even with 2 penalty minutes.

Game Day 4/9: Falcons at Bruins

What made the difference? Goaltending. SPR-1 PRO-6 [url=gerald-coleman]Gerald Coleman[/url] allowed 6 goals on 26 shots faced. After getting woefully outshot last night in front of [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url], the Falcons actually stayed even at 26 shots with the Bruins today. Conventional wisdom has said that Coleman holds an edge over Boutin going into the offseason due to the amount of experience he has racked up in the AHL and the two games of NHL experience he's gotten this season. However, Boutin's .899 rookie save percentage is 16 points higher than Coleman's and a 0.65 better GAA. Making the situation even more murky next year will be the probable signing of [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] into the organization. [url=marek-kvapil]Marek Kvapil[/url] scored his 18th goal of his rookie season today. Hopefully he can dig deep and get his 20th by season's end. [url=doug=obrien]Doug O'Brien[/url] had a helper on the goal, his 32nd point of the year. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002068]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 4/8: Storm at Chiefs

It says a lot when you can go toe to toe with the division leader like this. TOL-3 JHN-2 (SO) [url=morgan-cey]Morgan Cey[/url] stopped 36 of 38 before falling in the shootout. The Chiefs were outshot 38-22 in the game. [url=adam-henrich]Adam Henrich[/url] had an assist in the game. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=3149]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 4/8: Penguins at Lightning

Old man Burke is staking his claim on the starting job. PIT-0 TB-1 Sean Burke stopped 25 of 25 for the shutout. Vincent Lecavalier scored the game's only goal. [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url] played 15:24 with 1 shot, 1 hit and 1 block. [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url] played 14:05 with 2 blocked shots. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] played 6:02 with 1 shot and 1 hit. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021156.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 4/8: Bruins at Falcons

The Boutin Wall with two wins in his last two starts extends Springfield's winning streak to three games. PRO-1 SPR-3 Bear in mind, prior to this game, Springfield had dropped 9 of 10 to the Providence Bruins. In this game, they were outshot a mind boggling 50-17. Yes, 50-17. [url=jonathan-boutin]Jonathan Boutin[/url] made 49 saves though to help the Falcons steal a win, and was named first star of the game. Dan Cavanaugh led the way for Springfield offensively with 2 assists. This is a time when the Falcons are evaluating who they will try to keep for next season. Some players have not stepped up, but Cavanaugh has. He was named the game's second star. In my opinion, every attempt to retain him for next season should be made. Jared Nightingale scored his first professional goal in the game while [url=nick-tarnasky]Nick Tarnasky[/url] scored the game winner (third star) and Norm Milley added a valuable insurance marker. [url=darren-reid]Darren Reid[/url], Ryan Vesce and Todd Rohloff also had helpers in the game. When I had a low grade fit of Tourettes last week after watching the Falcons get wiped off the map by Hartford, I was highly critical of the lack of the goaltending stepping up. Credit to Boutin in particular over his last two starts. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002058]TheAHL.com.[/url]

CHL Playoffs Today: 4/8

[b]QMJHL[/b] Gatineau avenged the embarassment of last night defeating Chicoutimi 5-3 to tie their second round series at 1-1. [url=stanislav-lascek]Stan Lascek[/url] had 1 goal and 1 assist but was -2 in the game. [b]OHL[/b] Marek Bartanus was a scratch as Owen Sound defeated London 5-3 to tie their second round series at 1-1. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw was shut out by Calgary 3-0 in the opening game of their second round WHL playoff series. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] was scoreless and -1 in the game.

NHL Changes Minor League Waiver Rule

The Winnipeg Free Press [url=http://www.moosehockey.com/news/05-06/20060407a.php]reports that the NHL and PHPA have agreed to change the 75K waiver rule which forced many veteran players on the bubble for NHL service to move overseas.[/url] Any skater with more than 320 games of experience at the NHL, AHL and ECHL level will be exempt from the rule. Any goaltender with more than 180 appearances in those leagues will also be exempt. The rule adopted this year made any veteran recalled making more than $75,000 elligible for waivers. As a consequence, many veterans were forced to choose between lower salaries in North America or higher pay in Europe. In the case of players like Shane Willis, who went to Davos in Switzerland and Linkopings in Sweden, the choice was Europe. The rule change could pave the way for Willis and center Eric Perrin's return to the Lightning organization.

HPK/HIFK Game Three

[url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url] and HPK blew a three goal lead today to fall to HIFK 5-4. HIFK now leads their semifinal series 2-1. Ramo allowed 2 goals on 27 shots faced before being replaced midway through the third by Miika Wiikman who allowed 1 goal on 3 shots faced before Ramo re-entered the game and allowed 2 goals on 15 shots faced the rest of the way including Janne Hautonen's overtime game winner at 75:38 of overtime. In total, Ramo stopped 38 of 42 shots faced in the game.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 4/7

[b]QMJHL[/b] Chicoutimi bludgeoned Gatineau 5-1 in the opening game of their second round QMJHL playoff series. Stanislav Lascek had 4 assists for the Sangueneens and was named 2nd star of the game. Chicoutimi leads the series 1-0. [b]OHL[/b] Peterborough ran roughshod over Sudbury beating Kevin Beech 6 times in a 6-1 victory in game two of their series. Beech made 26 saves in the loss. Peterborough leads the series 2-0. Underdog Owen Sound played tough with London before the Knights pulled away in the third period tonight for a 6-3 game one win. Marek Bartanus was scoreless and even in the game. London leads the series 1-0. [b]WHL[/b] Kelowna fell to Everett 5-3 in game one of their second round playoff series. Justin Keller had 1 assist and was -1 in the game. Kelowna trails in the series 1-0.
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