Coleman Recalled After Burke Breaks Finger

According to TSN.ca the Lightning [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=158841&hubname=nhl]have recalled goaltender Gerald Coleman to serve as John Grahame's backup due to Sean Burke's indefinite absence due to a broken finger.[/url] The move will likely necessitate Morgan Cey's recall to Springfield leaving Johnstown with Mike Betz between the pipes for a crucial portion of the stretch run.

Superleague Opening Round: Day Three

Anton But scored Yaroslavl's lone goal in today's 3-1 loss against Novosibirsk. Loko still leads the series 2-1. Dynamo shut out Lada 2-0 today to win their first playoff game of the series. Vasily Koshechkin took the loss. Dimitry Kazionov and Albert Vishnyakov were scoreless for Dynamo in the game. They still trail Togliatti 2-1 in the series. Khimik MO defeated Nizhnekamsk 2-0 to take a 2-1 series lead. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless in the match. Cherepovets was shut out 1-0 by CSKA. Alex Polushin was a scratch for Severstal. CSKA takes a 2-1 lead in the series. Avangard Omsk defeated SKA St Petersburg 3-1 to complete the sweep of their opening round series. Nikita Alexeev was again a scratch for Omsk.

CHL Tonight: 3/15

[b]QMJHL[/b] There were no Lightning prospects in action tonight in the QMJHL. [b]OHL[/b] Chris Lawrence was scoreless and -1 in Mississauga's 3-1 win over Belleville. [b]WHL[/b] Kootenay shut out Kelowna and Justin Keller 1-0. Keller was even in the game.

SM-liiga Regular Season Ends for HPK

In Finland, today was the final match for HPK in the SM-liiga regular season. Miika Wiikman suffered a 4-1 loss to first place Karpat as HPK will now prepare for the postseason. The club finished third on the league table with 102 points and will await the outcome of the four team play-in round before knowing who their first playoff opponent will be. Lightning goaltending prospect Karri Ramo finished 5th in Finland's top league in save percentage at .929. His 2.16 goals against average was 8th in the league amongst goaltenders with 20 or more appearances. He also had 2 shutouts this season to go along with his 9-8-3 record. Karri Ramo, 9-8-3, 2.16 GAA, 2 SO, .929 sv%

Linkopings/Lulea Game Three

Fredrik Norrena pitched a 33 save shutout to help Linkopings defeat Lulea 4-0 today. The victory stakes his club to a 2-1 series lead in the opening round of the Elitserien playoffs. Norrena also recorded an assist in the contest on Ulf Soderstrom's empty net goal with 2 seconds left in the game. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist recorded his second assist of the playoffs on a third period marker while Shane Willis tallied his second goal of the playoffs in the match's final frame.

Tarnasky Back With Falcons

(Falcons Release) Nick Tarnasky has been reassigned to the Springfield Falcons by their National Hockey League affiliate, the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tarnasky is expected to join the Falcons on Thursday as they prepare for back-to-back home games on Friday and Saturday. Tarnasky has played in 12 games for Tampa Bay this season collecting one assist and four penalty minutes. In 52 games with the Falcons this season, Tarnasky has nine goals and six assists for 15 points and 74 penalty minutes. Tarnasky collected a natural hat trick, including the game-winning marker in overtime, on March 4 at Bridgeport earning the game’s first star. The 6-foot-2, 233-pound native of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta appeared in 80 games with Springfield last season, recording seven goals, 10 assists and 176 penalty minutes. Tarnasky was selected in the ninth round by the Lightning at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Game Night 3/14: Lightning at Senators

That's a bitter, bitter pill to swallow. TB-3 OTT-4 The Lightning blow a two goal lead allowing a goal late in the second period and then Daniel Alfredsson's game winning goal with 7 seconds left in regulation. A win would've put the Lightning into a tie for 6th in the conference with New Jersey. How quickly fortunes change. John Grahame stopped 27 of 31 shots faced in the loss. Evgeny Artyukhin got his 13th assist of the season on a Dimitry Afanasenkov goal. Ryan Craig played 16:30 of even hockey with 1 shot on goal and 2 hits. Paul Ranger played 14:36 and was +1. Evgeny Artyukhin was +1 in 10:53 of ice time with 1 shot and 2 hits. Nick Tarnasky remained out of the lineup with an injury. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020970.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

CHL Tonight: 3/14

There were no games scheduled in the CHL last night. [b]QMJHL[/b] Stanislav Lascek scored his 44th and 45th goals of the season and added an assist as Chicoutimi beat Shawinigan 6-2. Lascek was named first star of the game. [b]OHL[/b] Radek Smolenak had an assist and was even despite Kingston losing big to Ottawa 5-1. [b]WHL[/b] Blair Jones scored his 33rd goal of the season and added an assist in regulation, then scored again in overtime as Moose Jaw topped Saskatoon on the Blades' home rink, 4-3. Jones was named the game's third star.

Smolenak OHL Player of the Week

A five point night will do that for you. Radek Smolenak [url=http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/news/?id=1707]has been named the OHL Player of the Week[/url] after scoring 6 goals and 8 points in 3 games last week including a hat trick in Kingston's victory at Toronto on Sunday. Smolenak has already shattered his rookie OHL totals of 32 goals and 60 points in 67 games potting 42 goals and 82 points in 61 games this season.

Superleague Opening Round: Day Two

Avangard Omsk spanked SKA St. Petersburg 5-1 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their best of five series. Nikita Alexeev was a scratch for Omsk. Anton But was scoreless in Yaroslavl's 5-1 trouncing of Novosibirsk. Loko takes a 2-0 series lead. Lada Togliatti defeated Moscow Dynamo 4-3 in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead. Albert Vishnyakov was scratched for Dynamo but Dimitry Kazionov did play and was scoreless. Vasily Koshechkin moved to 2-0 in the playoffs this season. Khimik MO beat Nizhnekamsk 4-2 to knot their series at 1 game a piece. Alexei Glukhov was scoreless for Khimik in the match. CSKA returned fire on Cherepovets today crushing them 6-1 to tie their opening round series at a game each. Alexander Polushin dressed, but was scoreless and even in the contest.
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