Linkopings/Djurgardens Game Four

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.

Lundin Injury Update

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."

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 3/31

[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.

Game Night 3/31: Chiefs at Bombers

Johnstown's size made road kill out of Dayton. JHN-5 DAY-2 Josh Disher stopped 42 of 44 shots faced in his Johnstown debut. Dennis Packard had 3 assists and Andre Deveaux also had a helper to go along with John Toffey's 6th goal of the season. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=3097]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 3/31: Wolf Pack at Falcons

I watched the game on B2. Bottom line: the goaltending was wretched tonight (4 soft goals between Boutin and Coleman) and several Falcons players look like they're thinking about tee times more than finishing the season strong. Plus you have 2 debuting defenseman and Tarnasky making up 1/2 of your blueline corps tonight thanks to injuries to Schultz and Rosehill. HFD-9 SPR-3 Hit read more to read my detailed thoughts on the game. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002008]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Superleague Semifinals Day One

Omsk defeated Magnitogorsk 2-1 in overtime today to take a 1-0 lead in their semifinal series. Nikita Alexeev again did not dress for Omsk. Yaroslavl and Kazan begin their series tomorrow.

CHL Playoffs Tonight: 3/30

[b]QMJHL[/b] There are no Lightning prospects in action in the QMJHL tonight. [b]OHL[/b] There are no Lightning prospects in action in the OHL tonight. [b]WHL[/b] Blair Jones had an assist helping to help Moose Jaw defeat Brandon 4-1 to tied their opening round series at 2-2.

Game Night 3/30: Thrashers at Lightning

A huge win, and a first for Paul Ranger. ATL-3 TB-4 John Grahame stopped 19 of 22 in the win. Tampa staked itself to a 4-0 lead before allowing Atlanta to get close in garbage time. No harm no foul as the Lightning get away with the 4-3 win. Paul Ranger scored his first NHL goal in the game on a long point shot and because of Atlanta's three goals late it turned out to be the game winning goal. The other rookie blueliners played very very sparingly, and the best compliment I can bay them is that I didn't really notice either O'Brien or Helbling with the exception of a mistake Timo made late in the game. Ranger led all Lightning rookies with 22:26 of ice time with 1 shot, 1 hit and 2 blocked shots. Ryan Craig was -1 in 16:06 with 1 shot, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Timo Helbling played 11:11 and was +1 with 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Evegeny Artyukhin played an effective 4:44 with 2 shots and 1 hit. Doug O'Brien was the low man in ice time with 3:24 of even hockey with 1 blocked shot. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021086.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Coleman Back with Falcons

According to the Springfield Falcons, goaltender Gerald Coleman has been reassigned to Springfield by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Lightning goalie Sean Burke has recovered from a broken finger and is expected to serve as back-up goaltender tonight in Tampa vs. the Atlanta Thrashers. Coleman will join the Falcons on Friday as Springfield prepares to host the Hartford Wolf Pack at the MassMutual Center starting at 7:35 PM. Coleman has played in 36 games for the Falcons this season collecting a 13-17-3 record with a 3.54 goals against average and .890 save percentage. He continues to lead all Falcons goaltenders in games played and wins.

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