Game Night 4/6: Thrashers at Lightning

The Lightning had an opportunity to put the stake completely through the Thrashers' heart tonight. They only managed to drive the stake halfway through. ATL-2 TB-3 (SO) It was Sean Burke versus Mike Dunham in a matchup of the two slowest goaltenders in the league. Burke stopped 29 of 31 before stopping 2 of 3 in penalty shots. This I know for certain: Brad Richards is money in shootouts. Ryan Craig scored the 15th goal of his rookie season on the power play. Pavel Kubina's return tonight pushes Timo Helbling out of the lineup. Paul Ranger played 18:41 with 1 shot and 4 blocked shots. Craig was -1 in 15:37 with 4 shots and 1 block. Evgeny Artyukhin played 5:19 with 1 hit. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021136.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

NCAA Tournament Tonight

Boston College defeated North Dakota 6-5 today to advance to the national championship game on Saturday. Despite going scoreless in the contest, Matt Smaby was a physical force for the Fighting Sioux landing open ice hit after open ice hit in the game. The Matt Smaby signing watch begins now. Despite a third period goal by Mike Lundin, Maine fell 5-2 to Wisconsin. Lundin put up big minutes of the Black Bears' blueline in the game. Boston College and Wisconsin will meet Saturday in the national championship game.

Linkopings/Frolunda Game Seven

Frolunda, who at one point was down 3-1 in their semifinal series with Linkopings, defeated Linkopings 2-0 today in a deciding game seven. Fredrik Norrena stopped 23 of 25 in the loss. Frolunda will play Farjestads in the Elitserien finals. Linkopings dropped game six to Frolunda on Tuesday 4-1 as Fredrik Norrena allowed 4 goals on 29 shots faced. The loss marks the end of the season for Fredrik Norrena, Andreas Holmqvist and Shane Willis.

Superleague Semifinals: Day Seven

The finals for the Russian Superleague are set. Omsk defeated Magnitogorsk 3-2 today in overtime to win their semifinal series 3 games to 1. In the finals it will be Omsk against Ak Bars Kazan. Nikita Alexeev was scoreless in the match. Omsk also has former Lightning player Alex Svitov on its roster. Svitov has 4 goals and 5 points through 10 playoff games thus far.

Will the Lightning Attempt to Sign Smaby for the Playoffs?

Here's an interesting question for you Bolt Prospecteers to try and answer that was asked to me by our web guru Tim: North Dakota's season, one way or another, will be over by late Saturday night. Hopefully, on that night, Smaby and his Fighting Sioux will be playing in the national championship game against the winner of Wisconsin and Maine. When it's over, will the Lightning attempt to sign Smaby as their #7 or #8 defenseman going into the playoffs? Considering the meager ice time Timo Helbling and Doug O'Brien have gotten with the Lightning's recent injuries, I wouldn't be surprised if they do.

Program Note: UND vs. BC Tomorrow (4/6)

My Tivo is set, is yours? The NCAA Semifinal game between North Dakota and Boston College will be aired on ESPN2 at 3pm. North Dakota features defenseman Matt Smaby while Boston College's backup goaltender Joseph Pearce is also a Lightning prospect. In addition, Maine's game against Wisconsin will also be carried on ESPN2 at 8pm. Maine features Lightning blueline prospect Mike Lundin.

Lascek Left Off First Team QMJHL All-Stars

Right winger Stanislav Lascek had a fantastic season this year for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens by all accounts. In 64 games he had 47 goals, 88 assists, and 135 points, which was good enough for first on his team and second overall in the league to Quebec Remparts right winger Alexander Radulov (Nashville pick). Tonight, [url=http://www.lhjmq.qc.ca/lang_en/index.php?page=232&id_nouvelle=1064&PHPSESSID=079d33dfcd943d9da0b02bbf6aac3932]the QMJHL presented their 2005-06 season awards and named their First and Second Team all-stars.[/url] Radulov, who was also named QMJHL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, was named to the First Team on one wing, while Lascek's teammate and "Traverse City Lightning" member Maxime Boisclair was named to the other wing spot. Boisclair played 6 more games than Lascek and had 5 less points, but led the league with 70 goals.

Game Night 4/5: Falcons at Monarchs

PJ Atherton!? SPR-6 MAN-3 Jonathan Boutin stopped 36 of 39 shots faced as one of the Falcons' goaltenders finally stepped up and gave a winning performance. PJ Atherton's 10 game tryout for a Lightning contract continues to go extremely well as he had 2 assists and was a team best +3 on the night. Zdenek Blatny and Norm Milley each had 2 goals while Jason Jaspers and Ryan Vesce each had 1 goal and 1 assist. Big Mitch Fritz also had 2 assists in the game. Doug O'Brien, Marek Kvapil and Zbynek Hrdel also had helpers for the Falcons. For O'Brien, it was his 30th point of the season in 68 games. The Monarchs' roster currently includes former Rimouski Oceanic Dany Roussin who was a second round pick of the LA Kings. Hard to believe that Zbynek Hrdel has tripled his former teammates' point production this season, but it's true. Three stars of the game: #1 Jonathan Boutin, #2 Norm Milley, #3 PJ Atherton. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002033]TheAHL.com.[/url]

HPK/HIFK Game One

HIFK cruised easily to a 5-2 win today in their opening match of the semifinals against HPK. Miika Wiikman was between the pipes for HPK allowing 5 goals on 27 shots faced. His performance may open the door for HPK to start Karri Ramo in game two. Stay tuned.

Superleague Semifinals: Day Six

Ak Bars Kazan completed the sweep today, despite a goal by Anton But, in their 5-2 victory over Yaroslavl. The loss means that Nikita Alexeev is the lone Lightning property still active in the Superleague playoffs with Omsk.
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