The St. Petersburg Times reported today Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle could play later this week. Also in the report was the fact Bolt Prospects alumnus Ryan Craig is participating in full practices after being out indefinitely with a herniated disc in his back.
Andreas Karlsson, who has not played due to a strained oblique, has been practicing with the team but Mathieu Darche's strong play in Craig and Karlsson's absence has kept Karlsson out of the lineup. Darche is also making a strong case for a permanent spot in Tampa.
With Craig's return, if a forward is sent down it may be former Admiral Craig MacDonald. It's unlikely at this point Karlsson or Darche would be demoted.
"Big Joe" keeps rolling...
Johan Harju had 2 goals and 1 assist helping Lulea to overcome a 4-1 deficit to defeat Timra 7-5. Both of Harju's goals came at even strength, one into the empty net, and Harju's assist came on the game winning goal with under 6 minutes to play in the game. The 2007 draftee also had 2 penalty minutes in the match.
Harju is currently tied for tenth in the Elitserien in scoring with 10 points in 12 games. His 8 goals on the season tie him for third in the league, and his 3 power play goals ties him with 6 other players, including former Lightning prospect Eero Somervuori, for fourth in the league in markers with the man advantage. Weep at what could have been this season Norfolk fans.
Elsewhere, Andreas Holmqvist had an assist in Frolunda's 5-1 win over Brynas. Holmqvist has 1 goal and 5 points in 13 games this season with 2 penalty minutes and a +4 rating. He has primarily played on Frolunda's top pairing with Ronnie Sundin.
Sourcing the USHL, it was reported by Bolt Prospects that Lightning prospect Luca Cunti had been listed in the box score for the Chicago Steel's 10/20 USHL game. As it turns out, Cunti's name was mistakenly listed on the box score by Pointstreak.com, which is used by the USHL to provide game results. The corrected box score can be found here. Cunti remains enrolled at St. Cloud State.
In communicating with the Lightning this evening, Bolt Prospects has learned there are, unfortunately, no new updates on Cunti's situation as he remains waiting for final amateur clearance from the NCAA.
We apologize for the error.
Denis Kazionov did not play as Novokuznetsk fell to Novosibirsk 4-2.
Alexei Glukhov had 2 penalty minutes in Cherepovets' 2-1 loss to Yaroslavl.
Rumors in Russian newspapers continue to live up to their reputation as good bird cage liner. Vasily Koshechkin returned to the lineup for Kazan Sunday and improved his season record to 3-8-1 helping Ak Bars defeat Nizhnekamsk 5-1. Dimitri Kazionov had a goal in the match for Kazan as well.
Anton But had 2 penalty minutes in St. Petersburg's 3-2 shootout win over Khimik.
Lightning prospects yet to make a splash statistically... unless you call 9 shots in 2 games by Smolenak a splash. No? I didn't think so, either.
Ex-Lightning prospect Morgan Cey allows 4 goals on 26 shots, although 3 of FLA's goals came on the power play. For the two game series, 6 of the Blade's 10 goals came on the man advantage, and another came short-handed.
Connecticut 3 @ #15 Massachusetts 4
D John Wessbecker UMASS 0-1-1, +1 0 PIM
The Junior picked up his second assist of the year on Will Ortiz's second period goal. Wessbecker was moved to the top defensive pairing. The Minutemen (2-1-1) play Providence (0-4-0) in a home and home next weekend.
Freshman Kevin Quick was a healthy scratch in #6 Michigan's 4-3 win over Northern Michigan, Saturday night. Michigan (3-1-0) host Boston University (0-2-1) next weekend.
Fadden a first star; Tyrell drops the gloves.
Results on the flip.
Looks like you guys who watched the Lightning game tonight had a much better time than I did.
Johan Holmqvist stopped 18 of 20 shots faced for the win.
Tampa Bay 5:36, Vincent Lecavalier 4 (Shane O'Brien)
Tampa Bay 18:04, Martin St. Louis 1 (power play) (Vaclav Prospal, Vincent Lecavalier)
Tampa Bay 18:43, Mathieu Darche 1 (Chris Gratton, Paul Ranger)
Tampa Bay 7:16, Vaclav Prospal 7 (power play) (Brad Richards, Martin St. Louis)
Atlanta 7:47, Brett Sterling 1 (Bryan Little)
Prospal's going to get his money folks.