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]

Ramo Returns, Defeats Blues

Karri Ramo was back in the lineup today for HPK helping his club defeat Blues 5-3. Ramo stopped 29 of 32 shots faced and was voted player of the match by fan balloting although he did not receive a three stars selection from the media. His record moves to 8-6-3 on the season.

Game Night 2/6: Lightning at Islanders

55 minutes of painfully boring hockey capped by 9 minutes of pure drama. TB-3 NYI-2 (OT) Sean Burke stopped 28 of 30 shots faced for the win. Vincent Lecavalier with the overtime winner on a pretty deke on a breakaway set up by a long Martin St. Louis stretch pass. Young Paul Ranger had his 10th assist of the season on Fredrik Modin's game opening goal. Ryan Craig led all Lightning rookies with 17:07 of even ice time with 1 shot and one hit. Ranger had 14:24 of playing time and was +1 with 1 shot on goal and a slew of shots that were blocked by the Islanders defenders. Evgeny Artyukhin played 12:20 and was -1 with just 1 hit. Norm Milley played a sparing 4:12 and was -1. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020813.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Norrena Returns in Linkopings Win

Goaltender Fredrik Norrena returned today from a groin injury to help Linkopings to a 4-1 win over Timra. Norrena made 30 saves on 31 shots faced for the win. Norrena is now 18-9-5 this season.

I Have to Take Tom Jones to Task

The Hockey News has released their annual future watch issue and the underestimated Lightning were once again pigeon holed in last place with a D+ grade. Tom Jones of the St. Pete Times, who is a contributor to the publication, [url=http://www.sptimes.com/2006/02/06/Lightning/Prospect_rankings_nee.shtml]penned an article today portraying the Lightning prospect system as one on the precipice of disaster.[/url] The melodramatic key line of the piece states: [i]"Still, it cannot be ignored that the Lightning system is at a crossroads."[/i] Really?
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