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.

Return of the HF Hacks

You know its sad when a guy who ran the print magazine version of HockeysFuture into the ground after just 3 issues has more credibility than the current band of hacks that occupy the editorial position at that empty shell of a website. And yet, that's where we are. Shane Malloy has more journalistic credibility than Holly Gunning (HF's online editor) and Ken McKenna (HF's managing editor). How do I know this? Because Shane Malloy [url=http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/5441640]actually did a shred of homework before writing an article about the Lightning organization[/url] and Gunning and company [url=http://hockeysfuture.com/article.php?sid=8549\]clearly didn't.[/url] HockeysFuture released their Spring organizational rankings today, and first let me say it's a really bright thing to release rankings a week and a half into the CHL playoffs. After all, it's not like the postseason is important or anything. Yes Holly, that's sarcasm. In any event, once again the biased HockeysFuture editorial staff and their intrepid band of statistic cut and pasters have pegged the Lightning 30th in the league in terms of prospects. On the eve of the graduation of the third Lightning prospect the club has placed into the NHL this season no less! Gotta give 'em credit for having chutzpah. No clue, but they've definitely got chutzpah.

Ryan Craig's Graduation Day

When Ryan Craig takes the ice tomorrow night at the Forum against the Panthers he will be in his 41st game of the season for the Lightning. By Bolt Prospects criteria, that will graduate him from prospect status making him the third Lightning prospect to become a full fledged NHLer this season. Congratulations to Craig for reaching this milestone. [img]http://www.lili.org/forlibs/marketing/rtm-librarian/graduation-cap.jpg[/img]

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 4/2

There were no Lightning prospects in action in the CHL Playoffs last night. [b]QMJHL[/b] Chicoutimi (Stanislav Lascek) continues to rest after sweeping Baie-Comeau in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs. [b]OHL[/b] Kevin Beech had a 33 save shutout as Sudbury defeated Kingston 4-0 to advance to the second round of the OHL playoffs winning their series 4-2. Beech was named second star of the game. Radek Smolenak's season comes to an end in a game where he was scoreless and -1 with 2 PIMs for Kingston. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw triumphed tonight in a pivotal game five defeating Brandon 1-0 to take a 3-2 series lead. Blair Jones scored the only goal of the game and was named second star in the win. Kelowna defeated Kootenay 5-2 to win their first round series 4-2. Justin Keller was scoreless and even in the game. The Rockets won three straight games after falling behind 2-1 earlier in the series.

Game Day 4/2: Falcons at Bruins

It's just painful. SPR-2 PRO-6 Gerald Coleman stopped just 29 of 35 in the loss. Springfield got a power play goal from Ryan Vesce in the first on the power play from PJ Atherton and Dan Cavanaugh and a garbage time goal with 19 seconds left from Jason Jaspers. Jaspers' goal was his 25th from Kvapil and Blatny. Kvapil has 17 goals and 41 points in 72 games as a rookie. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002030]TheAHL.com.[/url]
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