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]

CHL Tonight: 3/14

There were no games scheduled in the CHL last night. [b]QMJHL[/b] Stanislav Lascek scored his 44th and 45th goals of the season and added an assist as Chicoutimi beat Shawinigan 6-2. Lascek was named first star of the game. [b]OHL[/b] Radek Smolenak had an assist and was even despite Kingston losing big to Ottawa 5-1. [b]WHL[/b] Blair Jones scored his 33rd goal of the season and added an assist in regulation, then scored again in overtime as Moose Jaw topped Saskatoon on the Blades' home rink, 4-3. Jones was named the game's third star.

Smolenak OHL Player of the Week

A five point night will do that for you. Radek Smolenak [url=http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/news/?id=1707]has been named the OHL Player of the Week[/url] after scoring 6 goals and 8 points in 3 games last week including a hat trick in Kingston's victory at Toronto on Sunday. Smolenak has already shattered his rookie OHL totals of 32 goals and 60 points in 67 games potting 42 goals and 82 points in 61 games this season.

Superleague Opening Round: Day Two

Avangard Omsk spanked SKA St. Petersburg 5-1 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their best of five series. Nikita Alexeev was a scratch for Omsk. Anton But was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 5-1 trouncing of Novosibirsk. Loko takes a 2-0 series lead. Lada Togliatti defeated Moscow Dynamo 4-3 in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead. Albert Vishnyakov was scratched for Dynamo but Dimitry Kazionov did play and was scoreless. Vasily Koshechkin moved to 2-0 in the playoffs this season. Khimik MO beat Nizhnekamsk 4-2 to knot their series at 1 game a piece. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless for Khimik in the match. CSKA returned fire on Cherepovets today crushing them 6-1 to tie their opening round series at a game each. Alexander Polushin dressed, but was scoreless and even in the contest.

Smolenak Named OHL Player of the Week

(OHL Release) The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Kingston Frontenacs forward Radek Smolenak is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sunday March 12 after scoring six goals and eight points in three games last week. Smolenak started the week with two goals in a 5-4 win over the Mississauga IceDogs on March 8. He added a goal in a 5-2 win over the Barrie Colts on March 10 and was the first star after scoring two goals and three assists in a 6-4 win over the Toronto St. Michael's Majors on March 12. The three-win weekend clinched home ice advantage for the Frontenacs in the first round of the OHL playoffs.

Game Night 3/13: Lightning at Canadiens

Old man Burke gives an old skool lesson to Les Canadiens. TB-2 MTL-1 Sean Burke stopped 31 of 32 shots he faced. Ryan Craig was even in 15:13 with 3 shots on goal, 2 hits and 3 blocked shots. Paul Ranger played 15:09 with 1 shot on goal, 1 hit and 2 blocked shots. Evgeny Artyukhin laid out 5 hits in 9:10. If ever a team needed a win, the Lightning needed this one. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020962.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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