Game Night 4/1: Lightning at Panthers

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]

Game Night 4/1: Chiefs at Nailers

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]

Superleague Semifinals: Day Two

Kazan crushed Yaroslavl 5-1 today in the opening game of their semifinal series. Winger Anton But was held scoreless for the Lokomotiv in the game.

Game Night 4/1: Falcons at Wolf Pack

Sadly, this was actually an improvement. SPR-3 HFD-5 Gerald Coleman stopped 41 of 46 and had an assist in the game. Gerard Dicaire, rightfully, was a scratch so the Falcons again went with 5 defensemen and Tarnasky with Ray Schultz's return to the lineup. Tarnasky scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season while Dan Cavanaugh had a goal and an assist. Helpers were also earned by Norm Milley, Jason Jaspers and Darren Reid. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002016]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Linkopings/Djurgardens Game Four

Shane Willis scored the game winning goal today 2:14 into overtime to lead Linkopings to a 4-3 victory over Djurgardens. Linkopings now holds a 3-1 series lead in the semifinal matchup. Willis also had an assist on Linkopings' first goal. Fredrik Norrena stopped 24 of 27 in the win.

Lundin Injury Update

University of Maine defenseman Mike Lundin recently missed the better part of four games due to an injury suffered when he was slashed on the right hand vs. Merrimack. The tip of Lundin's little finger was nearly sliced completely off and doctors at the game had to re-attach it. He also suffered a broken bone in his finger in the incident. Yesterday Lundin told the [i]Bangor News[/i] that the finger is healing nicely as he gets ready for the team's Frozen Four match-up against Wisconsin. "It feels a lot better now," he said. "I can move it around. Before, when I'd move it around, I felt a tug, and I didn't want that to happen because it could damage it."

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 3/31

[b]QMJHL[/b] There were no Lightning prospects in action in the QMJHL tonight. [b]OHL[/b] Owen Sound completed a major upset tonight defeating Kitchener 4-3 to win their opening round series 4-1. Marek Bartanus was scoreless and even with 2 penalty minutes. Radek Smolenak had an assist to help Kingston extend their series with Sudbury by winning 3-0 tonight. Kevin Beech stopped 28 of 31 shots faced in the loss for the Wolves. Sudbury still leads the series 3-2. [b]WHL[/b] Kelowna won a critical game five with Kootenay 4-1 tonight to take a 3-2 series lead. Justin Keller had an assist and was +1 for the Rockets.

Game Night 3/31: Chiefs at Bombers

Johnstown's size made road kill out of Dayton. JHN-5 DAY-2 Josh Disher stopped 42 of 44 shots faced in his Johnstown debut. Dennis Packard had 3 assists and Andre Deveaux also had a helper to go along with John Toffey's 6th goal of the season. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=3097]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 3/31: Wolf Pack at Falcons

I watched the game on B2. Bottom line: the goaltending was wretched tonight (4 soft goals between Boutin and Coleman) and several Falcons players look like they're thinking about tee times more than finishing the season strong. Plus you have 2 debuting defenseman and Tarnasky making up 1/2 of your blueline corps tonight thanks to injuries to Schultz and Rosehill. HFD-9 SPR-3 Hit read more to read my detailed thoughts on the game. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002008]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Superleague Semifinals Day One

Omsk defeated Magnitogorsk 2-1 in overtime today to take a 1-0 lead in their semifinal series. Nikita Alexeev again did not dress for Omsk. Yaroslavl and Kazan begin their series tomorrow.
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