Game Night 11/14: Flyers at Lightning

We. Are. Back. PHI-2 TB-5 With St. Louis out, with the Lightning riding a 6 game losing streak, with the Philadelphia Flyers riding a wave of momentum into town, you saw something you haven't seen in the Lightning all season. Desperation. They challenged the Flyers for every inch of ice. Every loose puck. Not just two lines getting all the ice time, but four. All physically competing. THAT is Lightning hockey, and it looks like maybe this team has finally received the wake up call. And oh yeah, Marty Cibak with the timely goal. I forgot what those look like. Paul Ranger played a ton, 18:58 in all including more power play time than I think he's ever gotten. There were a few frightening moments where he had to be bailed out by Grahame, but he ended +1 on the night. Evgeny Artyukhin assisted on Marty Cibak's breakaway goal. I wish he was a little surer on the first touch with the puck, but once he gets ahold of it steaming down the wing, you're hard pressed to take it from him, and you'll pay the price to do it. +1 and a team high, by far, 7 hits. If he had made the team from opening night, I think he would've had an excellent chance of leading the league in that statistic. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020268.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Coleman Sent Back to Springfield

The Tampa Bay Lightning [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2815.shtml]have reassigned Gerald Coleman to Springfield of the AHL.[/url] Coleman got a brief taste of NHL action in relief of John Grahame in a 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Thrashers. The interesting dilemma now becomes what happens to Jonathan Boutin, who shined in his first two games at the AHL level.

Lightning CHL Stats

The following are statistics for Lightning prospects playing within the Canadian Hockey League as of November 14, 2005. Leading the way are Stan Lascek, who’s first in the QMJHL in scoring, and Blair Jones, who’s in the WHL’s top-10. Stanislav Lascek, RW, Chicoutimi (QMJHL): 24GP, 17-34-51, 32PIM (+16) Blair Jones, C, Moose Jaw (WHL): 21GP, 10-17-27, 25PIM (+8) Justin Keller, RW, Kelowna (WHL): 21GP, 13-12-25, 16PIM (+4) Radek Smolenak, LW, Kingston (OHL): 19GP, 10-10-20, 46PIM (Even) Chris Lawrence, C, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL): 20GP, 1-12-13, 24PIM (-3) Mark Tobin, LW, Rimouski (QMJHL): 22GP, 7-5-12, 43PIM (-22)

Lightning NCAA Stats

The following Lightning prospects are currently playing in the NCAA. Stats are as of November 14, 2005. Matt Smaby, D, U of North Dakoka (Jr.): 12GP, 1-3-4, 59PIM (+2) Mike Lundin, D, U of Maine (Jr.): 10GP, 0-4-4, 2PIM (+2) P.J. Atherton, D, U of Minnesota (Sr.), 10GP: 0-1-1, 25PIM (+2) Dusty Collins, RW, U of Northern Michigan (Jr.): 8GP, 0-1-1, 21PIM (-1) John Wessbecker, D, U of Massachusetts (Fr.): 10GP, 0-0-0, 10PIM (-2) Arthur Femenella, D, U of Vermont (Jr.), 5GP: 0-0-0, 10PIM (N/A) Joe Pearce, G, Boston College (Jr.): No Games Played

Streak Ends at 14 for Lascek; Smaby Ejected in UND win

Stanislav Lascek’s 14 game point streak, the third longest in the QMJHL this year, came to an end Sunday as Chicoutimi dropped their second straight game, falling 4-1 to expansion St. John. Lascek was minus-one for the game and had two shots on goal. It was the third game in as many nights for the Sagueneens. Also in the QMJHL Sunday, Rimouski was crushed 8-0 by rival Quebec. Mark Tobin was minus-3 on the night, bringing his team-worst plus/minus rating to minus-22. In the OHL, Radek Smolenak misses his second straight game, a 9-8 Kingston win over Ottawa. The Frontenacs have scored 17 goals in their last two games, so it doesn’t appear they miss Smolenak’s 10 goals and 20 points on the year just yet.

Game Night 11/13: Chiefs at Nailers

People it's bad. JHN-1 WHL-4 Cey stops 24 of 27 for the loss. Brandon Elliot on a two game goal scoring streak. The Chiefs still have not notched a victory this season. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2399]ECHL.com.[/url]

Norrena/Finland Win Karjala Cup

Today, in a battle of two of the best goaltenders in Europe, Fredrik Norrena and Finland defeated Stefan Liv and Sweden 2-1 to capture the Karjala Cup. Norrena stopped 28 of 29 shots in the victory. League action in Europe recommences tomorrow.

Lascek Stands Alone; Streak Hits 14 Games

Stan Lascek is now alone on top of the QMJHL scoring race after getting two assists in a 4-3 overtime loss to Halifax Saturday night. His Chicoutimi teammate Maxime Boisclair was scoreless for the game, giving Lascek a two point lead with 51 points in 23 games. Lascek now has a league-leading active scoring streak of 14 games in which he has accumulated 8 goals and 23 assists. Boisclair's QMJHL season-high 21 game streak ended Saturday. Lightning fans haven't seen a statistical performance like Lascek's out of one of their CHL prospects since Brad Richards' 186 point MVP season for Rimouski in 1999-2000.

Game Night 11/12: Nailers at Chiefs

Can anybody at any level of this organization win a hockey game? WHL-4 JHN-2 David Currie takes the loss. Brandon Elliot had his first goal of the season and a fight. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=2365]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 11/12: Sound Tigers at Falcons

I will be live blogging this one using the B2 feed as the Falcons try to snap their own losing streak. Starting lineups: Milley/Vesce/Campbell O'Brien/H.Pratt And the main attraction: Jonathan Boutin in net. BRI-2 SPR-1 (End 3rd) [b]First Period[/b] 1. Bridgeport- Smith, (unassisted) [i]What a slooooowwww pace to this game. The balance of play was carried by Bridgeport which isn't really being challenged very hard physically in the corners and have had their forecheck working all game long. They're generating scoring chances but to the Falcons' credit, they blocked a ton of shots in this period. Bridgeport's lone goal came on a turnover by Harlan Pratt in the corner when there was a miscommunication with Doug O'Brien. A subsequent centering attempt ping ponged off O'Brien to a wide open Sound Tiger for an easy point blank score. Boutin, who looked composed, under control and was following the puck well in the period, didn't have a chance on that one. Best scoring chance of the period came on a nice play early in the first when the Falcons used their point men well. Brad Tiley moved the puck for the left point to the center point to Gerard Dicaire who made a nice diagonal pass to the left circle for Campbell who couldn't finish. Scoring chances have been few and far between though. The Falcons really need to try and get Bridgeport into the box to shift the pace of this game. As of now, the Sound Tigers aren't being challenged much. As a PS, Zbynek Hrdel hasn't looked out of place on the Falcons' second line. Lines tonight: Milley/Vesce/Campbell Craig/Jaspers/Hrdel Reid/Tarnasky/Kvapil Fritz/Deveaux O'Brien/H.Pratt Tiley/Dicaire Helbling/Rosehill Boutin Eklund[/i] [b]Second Period[/b] 2. Bridgeport- Smith, (Tunik, Flache) 3. Springfield- Reid, (H.Pratt)(PP) [i]Jonathan Boutin really struggled with his rebound control in that period. By my count he allowed four pretty bad rebounds on long shots, one of which ended up in the back of the net. On three of those, Jonathan was unscreened. That's mental. I know and he knows he is technically better than that. On the other side of the coin, he also made an unbelievably quick recovery save on the first of those rebounds and he did make the save of the game thus far to keep the Falcons in this thing sliding post to post on a Bridgeport 3-on-1 to rob a shooter with his left pad. That is a save I doubt Eklund or Coleman, heck even Burke or Grahame, would have made. Timo Helbling had a wide open chance in the slot early in the period and decided to shoot the puck well over the net. Shame, because for much of the period it was about the only quality chance Springfield had on Madden. That's not to say the Falcons aren't getting stronger on the forecheck as the game goes on. They're starting to draw some calls and they finally cashed in after some very poor looking power plays. A very stupid double minor late in the period by Bridgeport ended up in the back of the net when a long Harlan Pratt slap shot hit a defender in front and squirted to Darren Reid in the slot who buried the power play goal. He earned it stripping a Sound Tigers defender who looked like he had an easy clear earlier in the shift. Falcons have the second half of the double minor and momentum going into the third.[/i] [b]Third Period[/b] NONE [i]Jonathan Boutin deserved better. I can't give him the A+ tonight for the five bad rebounds he kicked around, but he gave the Falcons every opportunity to win this game. In the third period he was magnificent. On one save he moved quickly and efficiently from his right post to the top of his crease to get square and stifle a great chance by Wyatt Smith in the slot. And that's one thing I think he was absolutely fantastic in tonight. When I saw him in Johnstown's opener earlier this year he played at times a little out of control, overplaying his angles at time. He was deadly efficient tonight moving around his crease. Giguere efficient. Dare I say it considering he's wearing that #35 right now, Khabibulin efficient. The problems I saw in this game with the rebounds and some polishing he needs to his stickhandling are easily correctable. That kind of athleticism and technical capability to play under control and technically efficient are not something as easy to bestow. He's taken a lot of shots to his reputation deserved and undeserved because of his nomadic junior career, but he showed why he was a first day draft pick tonight, especially in the third when he later stoned Bergenheim on a partial breakaway in the third and then bailed out Jay Rosehill on a bad turnover in the corner that allowed a Sound Tiger to roll out from behind the cage 1-on-1 against Boutin. 19 saves on 21 shots on the game. I remain very excited about his future. Darren Reid was named the second star for his goal. He had a nice game and in general I'd like to see Graham play that third line more. It's kind of ridiculous how little Tarnasky plays considering he was just in the NHL for nine games. The Milley/Vesce/Campbell line was very ineffective tonight and I would've liked to have seen some of their minutes peeled off to Tarnasky and Reid. In general the team got in good position on dump ins to win loose pucks, but they just could not seem to win any one-on-one battles to sustain the forecheck and start the cycle. On defense, I really wonder at what point you send Rosehill back to Johnstown and recall Egener. Rosehill is a nice prospect, but he isn't ready to play a lot of minutes at the AHL level quite yet and it shows.[/i]
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