Game Night 10/26: Lightning at Devils

Hard to believe the Lightning actually trailed in this game early in the third. TB-6 NJ-3 Tarnasky and Artyukhin were effective in limited ice time. Artyukhin with his first NHL point assisting on Andreychuk's game winning goal. Paul Ranger returned with 13:57 of ice time, 1 takeaway, 3 giveaways, 2 blocked shots and a -1 rating. I thought he struggled a bit at times. It might be considered natural that he wasn't as aggressive as usual given what he's been through. Artyukhin and Tarnasky each got a shade under 5 and a half minutes of ice time, both +1, and Evgeny landed 2 hits on the game. Game sheet at [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/ES020141.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Comings and Goings on the Tampa Farm

Today, the Springfield Falcons have announced that they have recalled Adam Henrich from Johnstown of the ECHL. Also,as expected, the Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled Nick Tarnasky and Evgeni Artyukhin. Both are likely to dress for tonight's game against the Devils.

Rohloff Close to Returning/Greco Sent to Johnstown

Fran Sypek [url=http://www.masslive.com/falcons/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1130283601162920.xml&coll=1]speculates that with Brady Greco being sent down to Johnstown of the ECHL that defenseman Todd Rohloff is likely close to returning to the lineup for the Falcons.[/url]ff was injured in Springfield's season opener when a hit from behind led to an awkward legs first spill into the end boards. Greco will be a welcome addition to a Johnstown club that is in need of a competent puckmoving defenseman. Evgeny Artyukhin and Nick Tarnasky are slated to be recalled tomorrow for the Lightning's game against the New Jersey Devils. They could be joined in the lineup by defenseman Paul Ranger who returned to practice Monday after suffering a hairline jaw fracture and a concussion at the point of Eric Boulton's elbow in Atlanta.

Vishnyakov Involved in Automobile Accident

Lightning prospect Albert Vishnyakov missed Monday's Moscow Dynamo match after being involved in an automobile accident according to Eugene Belashenko of [url=http://www.russianprospects.com]Russianprospects.com.[/url] Vishnyakov suffered a bruised knee and a lasceration on his face. As a consequence he is expected to miss a couple of weeks recovering. Thankfully the injuries were not major.

Norrena Back On Track

After a brief two game losing streak Linkopings regained form today. Fredrik Norrena stopped 17 of 17 shots in a 3-0 victory over Brynas for the shut out. Norrena's record improved to 9-2-1 on the season.

Koshechkin Loses For Second Time This Season

Lightning prospect netminder Vasily Koshechkin finally surrendered a goal today, [i]a[/i] goal. Unfortunately that was all Khimik MO needed to defeat Togliatti 1-0. Koshechkin's record drops to 4-2-0 as a starter. Elsewhere, Alex Polushin scored the opening goal in Cherepovets' 2-2 tie with Molot Perm. The goal was Polushin's 6th of the season.

I'm Glad He Said It

I wasn't going to make the accusation, but Coach Anzalone [url=http://www.tribune-democrat.com/sports/local_story_296002820.html]took his team's conditioning to task after the Chiefs' home opening loss to Reading.[/url] In the Lightning system, conditioning is key to generating forecheck and generating forecheck is the key to everything. Now if they can just find a defenseman to hit a breakout pass consistently...

Soucy Notches Assist as Roadrunners Get Crushed

J.F. Soucy now has 2 assists in 3 ECHL games this season as he [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2279]added a helper to his total in last night's 7-3 loss to the Utah Grizzlies[/url]. The agitating forward also had 6 minutes in roughing penalties on the game.

Hagglund Notches Goal in Oskarshamn Victory

Although he's been quiet offensively in recent weeks, LW Johan Hagglund scored a power play goal today in Oskarshamn's 4-3 OT victory over Sundsvall. Hagglund has 2G 1A in 9 games this season with a +5 rating primarily on the team's second line. Oskarshamn is currently 4th in the Allsvenskan just 2 points back of first place Malmo.

Koshechkin Logs Third Shutout

Vasily Koshechkin had his third shutout of the season today and third in the last 4 games to run his record to 4-1-0 for the season. Since earning the starting role for Togliatti, Koshechkin has only allowed 4 goals in 5 games. Nikita Alexeev once again did not dress for Omsk.
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