Doctors had to Re-attach Lundin's Finger

Mike Lundin will make his return tonight to the Maine Black Bears lineup after missing two weeks with a lacerated finger. According to a report today from the [i]Bangor Daily News[/i], Lundin's right pinky finger was slashed after making a pass in a game vs. Merrimack. The cut was so bad doctors had to actually re-attach the finger after the game. Lundin also suffered a fractured bone. He will wear a soft-cast on his hand tonight in the Hockey East semifnal vs. Boston College. Lundin is Maine's second-leading scorer among defensemen with two goals and 12 assists in 32 games. "Mike is a difference-maker for us," Maine coach Tim Whitehead told the [i]Daily News.[/i] "He logs more ice time than any other defenseman.

CHL Tonight: 3/16

[b]QMJHL[/b] There were no games scheduled in the QMJHL tonight. [b]OHL[/b] Radek Smolenak had an assist in Kingston's 6-2 loss to Brampton. He was even in the contest. [b]WHL[/b] There were no games scheduled in the WHL tonight.

Cey Named ECHL Goaltender of the Week, Recalled to Springfield

Goaltender Morgan Cey [url=http://www.johnstownchiefs.com/pressreleases/2006/03mar/14.htm]was named ECHL goaltender of the week. He stopped 88 of 89 shots faced last week helping the Chiefs to clinch a playoff spot.[/url] In addition, due to Sean Burke's injury at the NHL level, [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2951.shtml]Cey has been recalled to Springfield of the AHL. Right wing Andre Deveaux was also sent down to Johnstown of the ECHL in the transaction.[/url]

Coleman Recalled After Burke Breaks Finger

According to TSN.ca the Lightning [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=158841&hubname=nhl]have recalled goaltender Gerald Coleman to serve as John Grahame's backup due to Sean Burke's indefinite absence due to a broken finger.[/url] The move will likely necessitate Morgan Cey's recall to Springfield leaving Johnstown with Mike Betz between the pipes for a crucial portion of the stretch run.

Superleague Opening Round: Day Three

Anton But scored Yaroslavl's lone goal in today's 3-1 loss against Novosibirsk. Loko still leads the series 2-1. Dynamo shut out Lada 2-0 today to win their first playoff game of the series. Vasily Koshechkin took the loss. Dimitry Kazionov and Albert Vishnyakov were scoreless for Dynamo in the game. They still trail Togliatti 2-1 in the series. Khimik MO defeated Nizhnekamsk 2-0 to take a 2-1 series lead. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in the match. Cherepovets was shut out 1-0 by CSKA. Alex Polushin was a scratch for Severstal. CSKA takes a 2-1 lead in the series. Avangard Omsk defeated SKA St Petersburg 3-1 to complete the sweep of their opening round series. Nikita Alexeev was again a scratch for Omsk.

CHL Tonight: 3/15

[b]QMJHL[/b] There were no Lightning prospects in action tonight in the QMJHL. [b]OHL[/b] Chris Lawrence was scoreless and -1 in Mississauga's 3-1 win over Belleville. [b]WHL[/b] Kootenay shut out Kelowna and Justin Keller 1-0. Keller was even in the game.

SM-liiga Regular Season Ends for HPK

In Finland, today was the final match for HPK in the SM-liiga regular season. Miika Wiikman suffered a 4-1 loss to first place Karpat as HPK will now prepare for the postseason. The club finished third on the league table with 102 points and will await the outcome of the four team play-in round before knowing who their first playoff opponent will be. Lightning goaltending prospect Karri Ramo finished 5th in Finland's top league in save percentage at .929. His 2.16 goals against average was 8th in the league amongst goaltenders with 20 or more appearances. He also had 2 shutouts this season to go along with his 9-8-3 record. Karri Ramo, 9-8-3, 2.16 GAA, 2 SO, .929 sv%

Linkopings/Lulea Game Three

Fredrik Norrena pitched a 33 save shutout to help Linkopings defeat Lulea 4-0 today. The victory stakes his club to a 2-1 series lead in the opening round of the Elitserien playoffs. Norrena also recorded an assist in the contest on Ulf Soderstrom's empty net goal with 2 seconds left in the game. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist recorded his second assist of the playoffs on a third period marker while Shane Willis tallied his second goal of the playoffs in the match's final frame.

Tarnasky Back With Falcons

(Falcons Release) Nick Tarnasky has been reassigned to the Springfield Falcons by their National Hockey League affiliate, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tarnasky is expected to join the Falcons on Thursday as they prepare for back-to-back home games on Friday and Saturday. Tarnasky has played in 12 games for Tampa Bay this season collecting one assist and four penalty minutes. In 52 games with the Falcons this season, Tarnasky has nine goals and six assists for 15 points and 74 penalty minutes. Tarnasky collected a natural hat trick, including the game-winning marker in overtime, on March 4 at Bridgeport earning the game’s first star. The 6-foot-2, 233-pound native of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta appeared in 80 games with Springfield last season, recording seven goals, 10 assists and 176 penalty minutes. Tarnasky was selected in the ninth round by the Lightning at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Game Night 3/14: Lightning at Senators

That's a bitter, bitter pill to swallow. TB-3 OTT-4 The Lightning blow a two goal lead allowing a goal late in the second period and then Daniel Alfredsson's game winning goal with 7 seconds left in regulation. A win would've put the Lightning into a tie for 6th in the conference with New Jersey. How quickly fortunes change. John Grahame stopped 27 of 31 shots faced in the loss. Evgeny Artyukhin got his 13th assist of the season on a Dimitry Afanasenkov goal. Ryan Craig played 16:30 of even hockey with 1 shot on goal and 2 hits. Paul Ranger played 14:36 and was +1. Evgeny Artyukhin was +1 in 10:53 of ice time with 1 shot and 2 hits. Nick Tarnasky remained out of the lineup with an injury. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020970.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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