Elitserien Playoffs Begin This Weekend

The 8 team field is set and the playoffs will begin Friday in Sweden's top league. Fredrik Norrena, Andreas Holmqvist, Shane Willis and Linkopings' playoff run will begin Saturday against first round opponent Lulea.

CHL Tonight: 3/7

There were no games in the CHL last night, hence no update for 3/6. [b]QMJHL[/b] Stan Lascek had a pair of assists as Chicoutimi defeated Rimouski 3-1. Mark Tobin was scoreless for les Oceanic but did manage 7 shots on goal and 9 hits in the contest. [b]OHL[/b] There were no games in the OHL tonight. [b]WHL[/b] IN PROGRESS: Late in the third, Vladimir Mihalik is scoreless and -1 but Red Deer leads Calgary 4-3.

Game Night 3/7: Lightning at Penguins

You know things are bad when the team that rides the short bus to the game (alright, that's an unnecessary cheap shot) manages to steal a point from you. TB-5 PIT-4 (SO) John Grahame stopped 24 of 27 before beating M.A. Fleury in the shootout 2-0 on successful attempts by Richards and Prospal. Congratulations to Darren Reid on his first NHL point, a secondary assist on the first of Dan Boyle's two goals. Ryan Craig later got a helper on a Dimitry Afanasenkov marker. Craig led the rookies in ice time with 18:30 but did not manage a shot on goal. He was +1. Paul Ranger was +2 in 17:40 with 1 hit. Nick Tarnasky was even with 1 shot in 5:37. Darren Reid was +1 in 5:21 with 1 shot and 1 hit. Norm Milley was a scratch and Evgeny Artyukhin served the first game of his two game suspension for El Kabonging a Senator with his own helmet. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020918.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Koshechkin Grabs 18th Win

Lada Togliatti defeated Chekhov today 4-1 to hand Vasily Koshechkin his 18th win of the season. His record improves to 18-13-6 overall. The average age of the team iced today by Lada: 22.44 years old. There is just one tour remaining on the Russian regular season schedule.

Ramo Shuts Out KalPa

As the SM-liiga regular season continues to wind down, Karri Ramo tried to make a case for playing time in the playoffs as he shut out last place KalPa 4-0 today. The young netminder made 32 saves to improve his record to 9-7-3 this season. Ramo is currently 5th in the league with a .933 save percentage and 6th in GAA with a 2.03 GAA. There are now four games remaining for HPK in the regular season.

Game Night 3/6: Senators at Lightning

Sens crush Lightning. In related news, the sky is blue. OTT-4 TB-0 At least Reid and Tarnasky got some garbage time to sharpen their games, although 5 and a half minutes a piece isn't much. Post mortem from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020913.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Elitserien Regular Season Ends With a Loss For Norrena

Fredrik Norrena and Linkopings fell 2-0 today to #1 seeded HV71 in the regular season finale for both teams. Norrena stopped 25 of 27 shots faced in the loss. His final record was 19-11-5 this season with a .914 save percentage (7th Elitserien), a 2.16 GAA (T-4th Elitserien) and 4 shutouts (T-4th Elitserien). [b]Final Elitserien Statistics for All Lightning Properties[/b] D Andreas Holmqvist, 46 GP, 6-16-22, 64 PIM, (+8) LW Jimmie Olvestad, 50GP, 10-9-19, 90 PIM, (-2) RW Shane Willis, 6 GP, 0-1-1, 4 PIM, (-1) G Fredrik Norrena, 19-11-5, 2.16 GAA, 4 SO, .914 SV%

Game Day 3/5: Growl at Chiefs

I don't care if there are extra r's in Greenville's name. Stupidest team name in professional sports, bar none. GRE-3 JHN-2 Johnstown coughed up a third period lead to come away empty handed. Morgan Cey stopped 38 of 41 shots faced in the loss. Dennis Packard scored both goals for the Chiefs on a pair of primary helpers by Zbynek Hrdel. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2977]ECHL.com.[/url]

Packard Reassigned to Johnstown

Further complicating the Springfield Falcons situation on a day that saw Nick Tarnasky and Darren Reid recalled to Tampa, [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=7197]they sent left wing Dennis Packard down to Johnstown.[/url]

Game Day 3/5: Falcons at Pirates

No prayer. SPR-2 POR-6 With Tarnasky and Reid headed to join the big club the Falcons had to play this game a man short. Gerald Coleman was hung out to dry allowing 6 goals on 37 shots faced. The Falcons were outshot 37 to 21 for the game. Doug O'Brien had a goal assisted by the Czech/Slovak connection Blatny and Kvapil. Reemerging from the wilderness, David Spina also scored his 8th of the season in garbage time. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001865]TheAHL.com.[/url]
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