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.

CHL Second Round Preview

[i]Five Lightning prospects have survived and will be playing in Round 2 of their respective league’s playoffs this week. Here’s a look at what’s in store for each.[/i] In the "[b]Q[/b]," Stanislav Lascek and West Division second seed Chicoutimi Sagueneens, rested after sweeping Baie-Comeau in the opening round, will take on the Gatineau Olympiques. No.4 Gatineau defeated No.5 Drummondville 4-3 last night in Game 7 of their opening round series. Their reward is they get to face a team that can seemingly score with their visors blacked out. The series begins Friday night in Chicoutimi.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 4/4

[b]QMJHL[/b] Chicoutimi is still awaiting an opponent for the second round of the QMJHL playoffs. [b]OHL[/b] Both Marek Bartanus' Owen Sound Attack and Kevin Beech's Sudbury Wolves are through to the second round of the OHL Playoffs. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw will advance advance in the WHL after defeating Brandon 5-0. The Warriors eliminate the Wheat Kings 4-2 in the series. Blair Jones had 1 assist and was +1 in the victory.

O'Brien Reassigned to Springfield

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Doug O'Brien to the Springfield Falcons. The move comes following O'Brien being a healthy scratch in the Lightning's last game, vs. the Florida Panthers. The transaction also means Timo Helbling has passed O'Brien on the organizational depth chart as Helbling will remain in Tampa until Pavel Kubina is healthy. Both O'Brien and Helbling will likely be on Tampa's playoff roster should the Lightning hold on to their spot in the standings. O'Brien averaged 7 minutes and 43 seconds of ice time for the Bolts, most of which was recorded when both Dan Boyle, who returned last night, and Kubina were out of the lineup. He registered two shots on goal and an even rating.

Superleague Semifinals: Day Five

Vitaly Yachmenev scored the overtime game winning goal today to help lead Omsk over Magnitogorsk 3-2 in game three of their semifinal series. Omsk now leads the best of five matchup 2-1. Nikita Alexeev dressed for the first time in the postseason for Avangard and was scoreless.

Two Shutouts Earn Beech OHL Player of the Week Award

The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Sudbury Wolves' goaltender Kevin Beech is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday April 2, 2006 after posting a 3-1-0 record, along with a 1.25 goals against average, .960 save percentage, and two shutouts. Beech helped the Wolves advance to the second round of the OHL playoffs with a 4-2 series win over fellow Lightning prospect Radek Smolenak and the Kingston Frontenacs. Beech started the week with a 27-save shutout that gave the Wolves a 2-0 win over the Frontenacs in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference opening round playoff series on March 28. The next day, he allowed two goals on 35 shots in a 5-2 win. He gave up three goals on 31 shots in a 3-0 loss in Game 5 on March 31 and closed out the series with a 33-save shutout in a 4-0 win in Game 6 on April 2.

Game Night 4/3: Panthers at Lightning

The natural balance of the universe reestablished as this loss almost certainly seals the Panthers' place in the draft lottery. FLA-1 TB-4 Sean Burke stopped 29 of 30 shots faced in the victory. Vicent Lecavalier carried the Lightning with 2 goals and an assist while Fredrik Modin hit a milestone with his 30th goal of the season. With his 41st NHL game, Ryan Craig also graduated from prospect status here on Bolt Prospects. Paul Ranger was a very nice +3 in 21:00 of ice time with 3 shots and one block. Ryan Craig was -1 in 16:16 with 4 shots, 1 hit and 1 block. Timo Helbling played just 2:18 with 1 hit but he wasn't the low man in ice time because Evgeny Artyukhin received just 2:06 of ice time with 1 shot on goal. Both players were even. Helbling's ice time was cut with the return of Dan Boyle to the lineup which forced Doug O'Brien out of the game sheet altogether. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021114.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Superleague Semifinals: Day Four

Yaroslavl now has their backs against the wall as they were defeated 4-1 today by Ak Bars Kazan. Kazan now holds a 2-0 lead in the best of five series. Anton But was scoreless in the game.
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