Magnitogorsk Wins Spengler Cup

Metallurg Magnitogorsk won their first Spengler Cup today defeating Canada in the final match 8-3. Veteran NHLer Dimitri Yushkevich was named Russia's best player in the match while HC Davos' Josef Marha was named best player in the tournament. Morgan Cey did not play leaving Andy Chiodo to concede all eight goals allowed to Magnitogorsk.

WJC Game 6: Finland vs. Norway

After facing arguably the two best teams in the tournament right from the jump, Finland finally broke through with a win in their third game [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM055A16_74_1_0.html]beating hapless Norway 9-1.[/url] Finland's victory was quick and decisive as they went to the first intermission up 7-0. Tuukka Rask started and stopped 16 of 17 shots faced to move the team to 1-2 for the tournament.

Dingman Clears Waivers

With his agent no more able to engineer a trade than Jay Feaster was, LW Chris Dingman has cleared waivers and [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/transactions/]has been assigned to Springfield of the AHL.[/url] Dingman's reassignment may necessitate the demotion of a forward like Justin Kelly or Dennis Packard back to Johnstown of the ECHL.

Keller Beats Calgary (By Himself)

LW Justin Keller scored all three goals for Kelowna tonight, including the overtime game winner, as the Rockets defeated the Calgary Hitmen 3-2. Keller now has an even 30 goals on the season which leads the WHL in goal scoring. His 49 points places him in third in the league in scoring just one shy of Saskatoon's Devin Setoguchi and 6 shy of Moose Jaw's Troy Brouwer. And, while it's expected that Mark Tobin will be moved by Rimouski by the QMJHL's January 8th trade deadline, he was an Oceanic tonight. Tobin scored 2 goals as Rimouski went down in overtime 4-3 to Shawinigan.

WJC Game 5: Czech Republic vs. Slovakia

For the first time in this tournament, Lightning prospect winger Stanislav Lascek was held without a point as [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM055B14_74_1_0.html]Slovakia was defeated 5-3 by the Czech Republic[/url] to fall to 1-2 on the tournament. Defenseman Vladamir Mihalik, however, had his best game offensively in a major international tournament notching two power play assists in the third period to key a futile comeback bid. Mihalik was -1 in the game while Lascek was also -1 with 4 shots on goal. Alternate Marek Bartanus also made his first appearance for Slovakia with a -1 rating, 2 penalty minutes and 0 shots on goal.

Game Night 12/30: Bruins at Lightning

Tip of the cap to Hannu Toivonen. BOS-2 TB-1 I attended the game and have to say, I thought the Lightning played pretty well but had a point or two stolen by Hannu Toivonen. They generated some outstanding chances but tonight the young Finn was simply better. He gave them a chance to win and a terrible weak pass from Modin to Richards on the power play and the resulting Patrice Bergeron breakaway was the difference. Sean Burke played well in my opinion, but you simply cannot allow breakways because the old man simply is not quick enough anymore to handle one on ones. Let him play his angles and use his size though and he will eat shots up all night long, which is what he did most of this night. Ryan Craig led the rookies with 17:19 of ice time and was +1. He has settled onto the team's second penalty killing unit and got a lot of even strength ice time because the checking line played well tonight. He was 0-for-3 in the faceoff circle though, and the whole Lightning team got their lunch eaten in that category tonight. Paul Ranger played 13:58 of even hockey and was good with the exception of a second period miscue that nearly ended up in the back of the net. One of the best players in the game though, in my opinion, was young Evgeny Artyukhin. He had 5 hits in 12:05 of playing time and 4 3rd period shots in the comeback bid. Most impressive of all was a play where he chipped the puck to himself off the right wing boards and nearly beat both Bruins defenders to get a partial breakaway to draw a late power play. He gave the Lightning a golden opportunity to score the tying goal which is outstanding to get out of a checking liner. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/ES020559.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 12/30: Monarchs at Falcons

Like quicksand... MAN-4 SPR-0 Gerald Coleman stopped just 22 of 26 shots faced in the loss. Hard to place blame on the goaltenders though when the Falcons have been shut out in two straight contests. John Adams was -2 in his debut. Welcome to the AHL young man. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001485]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 12/30: Chiefs at Titans

In case you didn't know why Jonathan Boutin is an all-star... JHN-2 TRE-1 Jonathan Boutin made a brilliant 42 saves on 43 shots faced to carry Johnstown to the victory. Only a late Scott Bertoli goal with under three minutes left in the game managed to beat the ex-Quebec Rampart netminder. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2621]ECHL.com.[/url]

Boutin An All-Star

Lightning goaltending prospect Jonathan Boutin [url=http://www.echl.com/upload_images/2006AmericanConferenceRoster.pdf]has been named to the ECHL's American Conference All-Star team.[/url] The rookie netminder has been amongst the league leaders in save percentage and shutouts throughout the season, showing the promise that prompted the Tampa Bay Lightning to select him in the 3rd round of the 2003 Entry Draft. Boutin was the lone Johnstown Chief named to the team. The ECHL All-Star Game will take place January 25th in Fresno, CA.

Canda Cruises Into Spengler Cup Final

Canada crushed Czech Extraliga club Sparta Praha today to secure a spot in the tournament final tomorrow. Led by former Lightning player Glen Metropolit's four assists, Canada easily won 8-2. Andy Chiodo was in net for the Canadians. Former Springfield Falcon Jean-Guy Trudel was named Canada's best player for the round-robin portion of the tournament. For Lightning prospect Morgan Cey, his mop up duty against Elsbaren Berlin looks like it may have been his only playing time in the tournament.
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