Game Night 1/7: Crunch at Falcons

The Falcons dug deep and made sure they'd match the Lightning by wasting a 2 goal lead of their own. SYR-5 SPR-4 (SO) At least they got the point. Still, the goaltending in Springfield continues to allow 4 goals or more a game. Tonight, Coleman allowed 4 on 33 shots faced before the shootout loss. On the positive side, the Falcons' offense is showing significant signs of life. Jim Campbell returned to town with 1G and 2A while Lightning exhile Chris Dingman chipped in a pair of goals. Doug O'Brien had 2 assists and Jay Rosehill got his first AHL point with a helper. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/player.php?id=773]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Game Day 1/7: Lightning at Bruins

Time for Jay Feaster to make a move. This tail spin is not going to end without a change in the composition of this roster. TB-3 BOS-6 Special thanks to John Grahame and the Lightning defense for making Milan Jurcina look like Wayne Gretzky. And while we're at it, has anyone found Brad Richards yet? I realize as the chosen son he's immune to the criticism that most of the other players o the team face, but he hasn't had a point in six games. If Vinny Lecavalier goes pointless in six games this fan base starts looking for lumber to make a good crucifix. Its time for every single player on this team to take responsibility for what's happening on the ice right now. And the ones that won't or are dillusional enough to think what's happening right now will pass without some serious changes in approach need to be shown the door. Evgeny Artyukhin, as a silver lining, had a goal and an assist in the game. In 11:20 he had 2 shots on goal, 3 hits and 2 blocked shots. Unfortunately he was on the ice for two Boston goals and finished even. Paul Ranger was also even in 12:34 of ice time with 1 shot, 2 hits and 3 blocked shots. Ryan Craig, in what may be a validation of my worst fears about his skating potentially making him a defensive liability, was -5 in 13:40 of ice time. Details of the travesty on [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020614.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Joe Pearce Named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week

He's getting his plaudits in while he can. Joe Pearce, who rejoined Boston College's ice hockey team this season largely for the purpose of spot starting while Cory Schneider was away with Team USA at the World Junior Championships, [url=http://bceagles.collegesports.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/010206aab.html]has been named Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week[/url] for his performance at the Denver Cup tournament where he was named MVP. Don't expect to see too much more of Pearce now though as Schneider will be back in net for the Eagles after a disappointing 4th place finish for USA in Vancouver.

Reminder: QMJHL Trade Deadline is Sunday

Mark Tobin is still a member of the Rimouski Oceanic, for now. However, the expectation is that he will be dealt by the Oceanic who are looking to get younger in a rebuilding year post-Crosby and looking to get a return for a player who could be signed by the Lightning and playing pro hockey next season. The QMJHL trade deadline is Sunday, so don't be surprised if Tobin, who leads the league in hits with 155 in 39 games to go with his 16 goals, is moved.

Game Night 1/6: Royals at Chiefs

The Chiefs were game even without Rowe and Kelly, but Reading got the timely goal. REA-4 JHN-3 Jonathan Boutin allowed 4 goals on just 25 shots faced to take the loss. Point blank: he got outplayed by Fukufuji. It's imperative Jonathan keep his level of play consistent if he wants to challenge Eklund and/or Coleman for an AHL job. Gerard Dicaire and Brandon Elliot had assists for the Chiefs. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2658]ECHL.com.[/url]

Glukhov Scores First Goal of the Season

Alexei Glukhov, who has been in a slump since an influx of several players from Lada Togliatti joined Khimik MO and thus took his ice time, scored his first goal of the season today in a 2-1 overtime win against Molot Perm. Glukhov now has 11 points in 33 games this season. Also, Togliatti's struggles continued as they fell 2-0 to Severstal Cherepovets. Vasily Koshechkin slipped to 14-8-3 on the season with the loss.

Campbell Sent Back to Springfield

Winger Jim Campbell [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2880.shtml]has been returned to Springfield of the AHL[/url] according to the Falcons. Campbell played in just one game during his call up, the Lightning's 1-0 overtime win against the Rangers, but became the odd man out when Ryan Craig returned last night from a broken toe.

European Champions Cup: Day One

Yesterday, in their opening match of the 2006 European Champions Cup, Moscow Dynamo defeated Slovakian club HC Slovan 3-1. Lightning prospect Albert Vishnyakov scored the game's opening goal in the match. Fellow prospect Dimitry Kazionov is also participating in the tournament.

Game Night 1/5: Lightning at Sabres

One step forward, two steps back... TB-1 BUF-3 Ryan Craig returned from injury and helped set up the lone Lightning goal with a strong forecheck to register the first assist of his NHL career. Craig played 16:48 and was +1. Paul Ranger was -1 in 15:37 of ice time with one shot on goal. He showed surprising strength on a second period hit on power forward Daniel Paille as his physical game continues to evolve. Evgeny Artyukhin played 8:12 with 1 shot on goal and the seemingly obligatory goaltender interference minor. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020597.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

WJC Game 13: Finland vs. USA

Finland [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM055130_74_3_0.html]defeated Team USA yesterday to win bronze[/url] in their final match of the U20 World Junior Championships. Tuukka Rask made 37 saves on 39 shots faced in the 4-2 win and was named the best goaltender of the tournament. Karri Ramo again played the role of backup. In the championship game, Team Canada crushed the Russians 5-0 to secure back-to-back WJC gold. Congratulations to Team Canada. [b]Final Lightning Prospect Statistics: Finland[/b] Karri Ramo, 0-1-0, 6.21 GAA, .861 sv%
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