Submitted by pete on April 2, 2006 - 17:32
Submitted by pete on April 2, 2006 - 17:29
HPK will have plenty of rest by the time the SM-liiga semifinals begin on April 5th. HPK disposed of Ilves in a quick 4 game sweep and will now face #2 seed HIFK in the next round. HPK was the #3 seed in Finland's top league entering the postseason.
Submitted by pete on April 1, 2006 - 22:17
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]
Submitted by pete on April 1, 2006 - 22:13
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]
Submitted by pete on April 1, 2006 - 22:10
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]
Submitted by pete on April 1, 2006 - 22:04
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.
Submitted by chad on April 1, 2006 - 09:11
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."
Submitted by pete on April 1, 2006 - 00:17
[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.