Game Night 1/4: Capitals at Lightning

How'd that taste Caps fan losers? WSH-0 TB-5 John Grahame stopped 29 of 29 for the shutout. With Vincent Lecavalier out of the lineup with the all encompassing "upper body injury" Brad Richards stepped up and registered 2 goals. Amongst Lightning prospects, Ryan Craig scored his 8th goal on a beautifully ugly scrum in front of the Caps net while in garbage time Norm Milley scored his second career goal on the power play. Ryan Craig played 21:11 stepping up to fill Vincent Lecavalier's minutes with a +3 rating and 3 shots on goal. Paul Ranger played 15:29 with three shots on goal and an even rating. Evgeny Artyukhin played 10:31 with 1 shot on goal and 1 hit. Norm Milley played 6:59 and made his lone shot on goal count. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020807.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Rosehill Also Sent Down to Johnstown

In addition to sending goaltender Brian Eklund down to Johnstown yesterday [url=http://www.masslive.com/falcons/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/113902620346690.xml&coll=1]the Falcons also reassigned defenseman Jay Rosehill to the Chiefs.[/url] Rosehill played 33 games with Springfield since an early season recall, but his inexperience limited the amount of playing time he saw at the AHL level. Unfortunately, shortly after the decision to send Rosehill down, defenseman Gerard Dicaire came down with food poisoning, forcing the Falcons to start last night's game against Manchester with just 5 defensemen.

Koshechkin Beats But

In today's matchup of the Lightning's two all-star Russian prospects it was Vasily Koshechkin who reigned supreme. Lada Togliatti scored three unanswered goals to cap a 4-2 triumph over the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. Koshechkin's record improves to 16-11-6 on the season.

Goc Resurgent

One of the stories of this prospect season we've been underreporting has been the play of overage prospect Sascha Goc in the German DEL. Bolt Prospects had all but written off Goc after an injury plagued season last year with Adler Mannheim and sliding offensive numbers since his days as an Albany River Rat in the Devils organization. This year, the former Mannheim captain is starting fresh with the Hannover Scorpions and showing dramatic improvement. Goc has 14 goals and 26 points through 45 games this season to go with 154 penalty minutes. Goc will be given a prime showcase at the upcoming Olympics, and with both Cory Sarich and Pavel Kubina needing contract decisions this summer, its not impossible for Goc to play his way into consideration by the organization once again.

Holmqvist En Fuego

With Linkopings having to provide more goal support with Fredrik Norrena out of the lineup, defenseman Andreas Holmqvist is starting to emerge as one of the premiere power play weapons in the Elitserien. Today, Holmqvist chipped in a goal and two power play assists as Linkopings squeaked by HV 71 5-4. The victory was a triumph considering HV 71 is currently the top team in the Elitserien and Linkopings is missing their star goaltender. Holmqvist is suddenly with in a eyelash of the half a point a game plateau with 20 points in 41 games.

Game Night 2/3: Chiefs at Bombers

Johnstown left a point on the table tonight. With Toledo holding seven games in hand on them, they cannot afford anything less than two against bottomfeeders like Dayton. JHN-2 DAY-3 (SO) Morgan Cey stopped 31 of 33 before falling in the shootout. Dimitri Tarabrin scored both goals for Johnstown on the power play. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2781]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 2/3: Falcons at Monarchs

For the record, I believe Jonathan Boutin should be named the Falcons' starter and play 2 out of 3 in all these weekend sets until he proves he can't handle it. SPR-2 MCH-4 Gerald Coleman stopped just 19 of 24 shots faced in the loss. Timo Helbling extended his point streak to six games scoring a first period power play goal. Chris Dingman also lit the lamp to help dig the Falcons out of an early 2-0 hole, but they were unable to match Manchester in the final two frames. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001669]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Eklund Reassigned to Johnstown

Goaltender Brian Eklund has been reassigned to Johnstown of the ECHL. The decision comes after the Lightning made the decision to promote Jonathan Boutin to Springfield of the AHL. Rumors of a trade involving Eklund have apparently fallen through, necessitating the goaltender's demotion.

Holmqvist Continues to Produce With Norrena Out

Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist and the Linkopings offense have been forced to step up in the absence of netminder Fredrik Norrena. They did so again today in a 4-1 victory over Sodertalje. Holmqvist assisted on a 2nd period Tony Martensson power play goal to open the game's scoring en route to the victory. Holmqvist now has 17 points in 40 games this season.

Another Tie for Lada/Koshechkin

Lada Togliatti tied Ak Bars Kazan 2-2 today. Goaltender Vasily Koshechkin's record moved to 15-11-6 in the sister kisser. Elsewhere, Lightning prospect Alex Polushin was a scratch in Cherepovets' 3-2 loss to Nizhnekamsk.
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