Submitted by pete on March 27, 2006 - 20:34
Wasted a great effort by Grahame. TB-1 CAR-2 Grahame stopped 27 of 29 in the loss. Defenseman Pavel Kubina was injured on a Craig Adams hit leaving the Lightning with just four of their regular defensemen. Doug O'Brien played better in his third NHL game than in his previous callup, but is struggling still with the size/strength of the NHL, in my opinion. Paul Ranger played 26:13 of even hockey with 3 shots on goal, 1 hit and 3 blocked shots. As injuries have led to an increase in his ice time, Ranger has responded. Ryan Craig played 19:21 of even hockey with 1 shot and 1 hit. O'Brien played 12:24 of even hockey with 1 shot and 1 block. Evgeny Artyukhin was even in 7:38 with 2 shots and 2 hits. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021065.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on March 27, 2006 - 18:29
Linkopings pulled even in their semifinal series with Vastra Frolunda today winning 5-0. Fredrik Norrena threw a 29 save shutout while veteran Lightning property Shane Willis had a goal and an assist. The series is now tied 1-1.
Submitted by pete on March 26, 2006 - 19:35
Are the depleted Chiefs finally hitting the wall? JHN-2 WHE-5 Gabe Winer stopped 39 of 46 in the loss. Adam Henrich got his 18th goal of the season and added an assist. Andre Deveaux added a power play goal for the Chiefs. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=box&id=3082]ECHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on March 26, 2006 - 19:30
Oh dear, the bad Boutin showed up this weekend. BRI-5 SPR-2 Jonathan Boutin stopped just 16 of 21 shots faced squandering a 41-21 shot advantage by the Falcons. With Doug O'Brien being recalled to Tampa, Mike Egener returned to the lineup after missing two games due to suspension. He was even with 4 penalty minutes. Marek Kvapil scored his 17th goal of the season and Jason Jaspers his 24th, both on the power play. Assists came from Rohloff, Blatny and Milley among Lightning properties. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001986]TheAHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on March 26, 2006 - 15:52
[b]Albany, NY Region[/b] In a mild upset, Maine defeated Michigan State to advance to the Frozen Four. Lightning defenseman prospect Mike Lundin had a power play assist and one shot on goal in the game. Maine will play the winner of the Wisconsin/Cornell game later tonight while North Dakota will square off with Boston College in the semifinal round.
Submitted by pete on March 26, 2006 - 13:29
The Tampa Tribune is reporting Doug O'Brien [url=http://www.tbo.com/sports/lightning/MGB1T4NV8LE.html]is expected to be recalled today from Springfield of the AHL.[/url] Defenseman Day Boyle missed much of last night's game with an ankle injury which is expected to keep him off the ice for at least a game or two.
Submitted by pete on March 26, 2006 - 13:16
Vasily Koshechkin's season came to a close today as Lada fell to Magnitogorsk 2-1. Metallurg takes the series 3-1 and will advance to play Omsk in the semifinals. Meanwhile, in overtime, Yaroslavl defeated Khimik to leave Anton But the Lightning's last man standing in the Russian Superleague. But had an assist in the game. Loko wins the series 3-1 and will play Kazan in the semifinals.
Submitted by pete on March 25, 2006 - 21:14
The comeback fell just short. JHN-3 TOL-4 Mike Betz took the loss for Johnstown. Adam Henrich scored his 15th ECHL goal of the season while Brandon Elliot tallied his 11th. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=3093]ECHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on March 25, 2006 - 21:06
Peaking at the right time. NYR-3 TB-4 (SO) John Grahame stopped 19 of 23 shots faced before going 3-for-3 in the shootout. Brad Richards proved once again he's the Lightning's best shootout player juking Henrik Lundqvist out of his skates for the winning goal. Richards also tied Brian Bradley's Lightning single season assist record with 2 assists. Among the rookies, Ryan Craig was the beneficiary of a double deflection goal, his 15th of the season. An injury to Dan Boyle forced the Lightning down to 5 defensemen for much of the game and may necessitate a callup from Springfield. Paul Ranger was +2 in 21:04 of ice time with 3 shots, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Craig was +1 in 18:15 with 2 shots on goal, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Evgeny Artyukhin played 5:41 with 2 hits. [b]Update:[/b] After the game, Ryan Craig's goal was switched back to Cory Sarich's first of the season with Craig getting a second assist. If it was a case of Craig going to the scorer and saying he didn't touch it in order to get Sarich his first of the year, that's the epitome of class and leadership from a young player. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021051.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]