Game Night 3/11: Lightning at Maple Leafs

"And with the 14th pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft the Tampa Bay Lightning select..." TB-1 TOR-5 Sean Burke actually played well the first two period before the flood gates opened. He allowed 5 goals on 30 shots in total. Honestly, I don't know what more there is to say right now. The cavalry isn't coming. The deadline's passed and Coleman, Boutin, O'Brien and Dicaire are probably too green to help shore up this club. What's worse than the defense and goaltending though is that the Lightning's forwards are showing themselves to again be incapable of scoring timely goals. Completely incapable. And if you're defense isn't going to be solid every night, you'd better get those timely goals. 70 points with 18 games left and a 4 point lead on 9th place. Is anybody going to step up? Game sheey from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020944.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 3/11: Bruins at Falcons

I'll take a point against these guys as opposed to the 4-5 goal shellackings they've been handing Springfield all season. PRO-3 SPR-2 (OT) More on the flip. I don't want to steal too much page space from the rest of the night's stories.

CHL Tonight: 3/11

[b]QMJHL[/b] Mark Tobin scored his 26th goal of the season, added a helper, had 7 shots on goal and 8 hits. He was also named first star of the game. Unfortunately, it came in defeat 4-2 at the hands of Baie-Comeau. [b]OHL[/b] Marek Bartanus was -2 as Owen Sound fell to London 3-1. [b]WHL[/b] Vladimir Mihalik had an assist and was +1 but Red Deer lost 5-3 to Regina.

Linkopings/Lulea Game One

Linkopings fell 4-3 to Lulea in double overtime in the opening game of their Elitserien playoff series today. Fredrik Norrena stopped 36 of 40 shots faced in 98 minutes of hockey. Shane Willis scored the game opening goal for Linkopings in the first period.

Final Superleague Regular Season Statistics

Anton But, 49 GP, 16-23-39, 26 PIM, (+11) Alexei Glukhov, 45 GP, 2-14-16, 70 PIM, (-2) Alexander Polushin, 42 GP, 8-5-13, 14 PIM, (-1) Albert Vishnyakov, 48 GP, 9-3-12, 78 PIM, (E) Nikita Alexeev, 40 GP, 6-4-10, 14 PIM, (-3) Dimitry Kazionov, 40 GP, 2-5-7, 42 PIM (-11) Vasily Koshechkin, 19-13-6, 1.59 GAA, .934 sv%, 10 SO Anton But's line was the second most productive in the Superleague combining for a total of 25 goals during the regular season. Alexei Morozov's line with Kazan was the best scoring 34 goals in total. But finished tied for 7th in the league in points, 9th in goals and 10th in assists, Vasily Koshechkin finished 2nd in the Superleague in GAA, save percentage and shutouts and was named the best "rookie" goaltender in the league.

CHL Tonight: 3/10

[b]QMJHL[/b] Quebec topped Rimouski 5-4 in a shootout. Mark Tobin was scoreless, +1, had 5 shots on goal and threw 3 hits. [b]OHL[/b] Kevin Beech and Sudbury defeated Toronto in a shootout 5-4. Beech stopped 26 of 30 during play before stopping 2 of 4 in the penalty shots. Chris Lawrence had his 21st goal of the season and a helper, but Mississauga fell 5-4 in overtime to Belleville. Lawrence's 18 goals since joining the Ice Dogs equals the totals from his first two seasons in the OHL combined. The prodigal son, Marek Bartanus, finally returned from time off due to a concussion but was a non-factor in Owen Sound's 4-3 loss to London. He was even with 0 shots on goal. Radek Smolenak scored his 39th goal of the season as Kingston crushed Barrie 5-2. [b]WHL[/b] Vladmir Mihalik was scoreless, shotless and even as Red Deer defeated Medicine Hat 3-2. Justin Keller was held scoreless but Kelowna defeated Seattle 3-2. Blair Jones scored his 32nd goal of the season, shorthanded, and added an assist but Moose Jaw fell hard to Swift Current 6-3.

Game Night 3/10: Titans at Chiefs

Brandon Elliot brings the GWG. TRE-1 JHN-2 Morgan Cey stopped 27 of 28 faced for the win. JB Bittner and Brandon Elliot had the goals. Adam Henrich had a secondary assist on Elliot's game winner. Game sheet from [url=http://www.trentontitans.com/display_story.asp?sid=624&lg=1]TrentonTitans.com[/url]

Game Night 3/10: Wolf Pack at Falcons

A masterful game by Coleman. HFD-1 SPR-2 Gerald Coleman stopped 29 of 30 for the win, but somehow was denied a star of the game. Those were reserved for Zdenek Blatny (1st star) for his assist on the game winning goal to go with a prior power play assist on the first goal and Marek Kvapil (3rd star) who scored it. Norm Milley paid instant dividends scoring his 13th of the season in his return to a reenergized second line that featured he, Ryan Vesce and David Spina. Clearly Gerald Coleman performs better in a tandem situation where he's in a competition. It worked well for him in London and its working well now with Boutin in Springfield. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001886]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Dingman Up/Reid Down

Chris Dingman [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGBF7UZVMKE.html]has been recalled by the Lightning.[/url] He cleared waivers and will be available for the team's game against Toronto. Also, right wing Darren Reid has been reassigned to Springfield after a brief two game stint with the Lightning.

Hrdel Recalled Last Monday

It's been a busy week and I realized that I hadn't posted this, but Zbynek Hrdel was recalled to Springfield on Monday (3/10). He was -3 in the contest against Albany on Wednesday. Even with the recall, the Falcons were forced to play a man short in the game. Springfield plays Hartford tonight at 7:35 ET.
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