Game Night 2/9: Hurricanes at Lightning

Tonight, we're still the class of the Southeast Division. CAR-3 TB-5 John Grahame stopped 28 of 28 faced in relief for the win. Fredrik Modin led the Lightning attack with 2 goals. Rookie Evgeny Artyukhin opened the scoring for the Lightning on a long slapshot on the rush that found Martin Gerber's five hole. Paul Ranger had 2 assists. The Lightning pull to within 14 points of the Hurricanes in the division. Ryan Craig played 16:55 and was +1 with 1 shot and 2 hits. Ranger was +3 in 14:33 with no shots. Artyukhin was +1 in 13:09 with 2 shots on goal and 3 hits. Norm Milley forms the rear with 2 minutes even and no shots. Game sheet at [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020837.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

THN Lightning Top-10: Who Wasn't Even Considered

I finally was told who the top-10 Lightning prospects were in The Hockey News' Future Watch issue. As I explained in my previous entry, whoever made the list several top prospects didn't. And, as a consequence, those players were not even considered by THN's mysterious panel which saw it fit to (erroneously) name the Lightning the worst prospect system in the league. Again, to reiterate, THN's evaluators only look at the top ten prospects in an organization thereby ignoring whatever depth an organization might have from being considered in the final grade. And [i]that[/i] faulty methodology is one reason I take so much issue with the decision to give the organization a D+.

Assat Crushes HPK

HPK fell 5-3 today to Pori Assat. Lightning goaltending prospect Karri Ramo stopped just 21 of 25 shots faced. Assat added an empty net goal in garbage time. The young goaltender's record falls to 8-7-3 this year.

Holmqvist to Participate in Tre Kronor

Andreas Holmqvist has been selected to play for Team Sweden in the Tre Kronor tournament. Similar to the Euro Tour tournaments, the Tre Kronor is a two game exhibition set pitting Sweden against the best European club players from Slovakia and Switzerland. The tournament begins today with Sweden taking on Slovkia and conlcudes February 12th as the Swedes travel to Lugano to play the Swiss.

Game Night 2/8: River Rats at Falcons

Man, we was low. ALB-5 SPR-2 Jonathan Boutin had his first rough start in the AHL stopping just 24 of 29. Andre Deveaux and Chris Dingman had the Falcons goals. Dennis Packard and Doug O'Brien contributed assists. Zdenik Blatny did not play for Springfield. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001703]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Eklund Traded to Boston

According to a Springfield Falcons press release, the Tampa Bay Lightning, after deciding that both Jonathan Boutin and Gerald Coleman have passed Brian Eklund on the goaltender depth chart, have traded Eklund to the Boston Bruins in his home state of Massachusetts. In return, the Lightning pick up former Atlanta third-rounder, winger Zdenek Blatny. Blatny is in his fifth season of professional hockey and has spent time with both the Providence and Boston Bruins this season. In 35 games with Providence this season, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Brno, Czech Republic, has recorded eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points. Blatny is currently ranked fifth on Providence in scoring this season and also ranked fifth on the team in plus/minus with a +6 rating.

Chicoutimi Escapes Newfoundland With Shootout Win

Coming off a tough loss to Rouyn-Noranda in which the Huskies did the unthinkable, holding both Stan Lascek and Maxime Boisclair off the scoresheet, the Sagueneens were looking to rebound in a big way as they visited expansion St. John's Tuesday night. The Sags found themselves still in a fog, however, as St. John's took them through overtime and into a shootout to decide the game. Lightning prospect Stan Lascek, who set up the Sags tying goal mid-way through the third period, scored on the first attempt of the shootout, and that goal stood up as Chicoutimi won the shootout after three rounds, 1-0. The 3-2 win over the Fog Devils moved Chicoutimi to 80 points, one ahead of Moncton, who lost in a shootout to Lewiston Tuesday. The win also kept them one point ahead of Quebec, who beat Shawinigan 4-3. Chicoutimi now stands at the top of the league table by themselves.

Game Night 2/7: Lightning at Devils

Ambushed. TB-4 NJ-7 John Grahame stopped just 18 of 22 shots faced while Sean Burke stopped only 5 of 8 in relief. Evgeny Artyukhin was a lone bright spot for the Lightning scoring his 3rd goal of the season on the power play. Post mortem on [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020822.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Rosehill Up/Henrich Down

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=6910]have recalled defenseman Jay Rosehill from Johnstown of the ECHL.[/url] To make roster room, the Falcons sent down winger Adam Henrich. The Chiefs have also released D Andy Thompson.

Game Night 2/7: Chiefs at Royals

After two bouts of shootout futility against Dayton, the Chiefs were due. JHN-5 REA-4 (SO) Brian Eklund stopped 34 of 38 shots faced before prevailing on penalty shots. Justin Kelly had 2G 1A for the Chiefs. Freshly demoted Adam Henrich had 2 assists. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2804]ECHL.com.[/url]
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