Soucy Scores First Goal of the Season

In-Exhile Soucy scored his first goal of the season Friday night in Phoenix's 4-2 victory over San Diego. It's a shame he couldn't play well with others in Johnstown because the Chiefs could certainly use his newly rediscovered scoring touch.

Game Night 10/29: Lightning at Thrashers

Winning these 4 point games inside the division early in the season is always a beautiful thing. TB-3 ATL-2 Paul Ranger got 17:17 of ice time, which I believe is the most he's gotten as a member of the Lightning. His only minus was on a 3-on-2 where he couldn't quite block the shot for Grahame. Atlanta was taking runs at the rookie all game long and at some point he's going to have to stick up for himself physically. He had some scary moments defensively in the third but the good thing about Ranger so far is that even when he has made mistakes he has found a way to hustle and recover. Tonight it was a desperate sweeping stick check after his indecisiveness in the neutral zone nearly gave Marc Savard a breakaway. Evgeny Artyukhin's 8:28 of ice time tonight included a shift on Lecavalier's line. R2 looked like a deer in headlights playing with that much star power. Still, he had 2 shots on goal and threw some hits. Tarnasky had just 4:57 of ice time. Game sheet as always from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020163.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Eklund Recalled to Tampa

Goaltender Brian Eklund [url=http://www.falconsahl.com/detpages/pressbox2801.shtml]has been recalled by the Lightning from Springfield of the AHL.[/url] The move was apparently prompted by Sean Burke straining his groin muscle in today's morning skate.

Egener Sent Down

The Springfield Falcons [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/mpublic.cgi?action=show_news&cat=1&id=5814]have reassigned 2003 2nd round pick Mike Egener to Johnstown of the ECHL and recalled Jay Rosehill.[/url] The move comes in the same week that Adam Henrich saw a similar stint in Johnstown as a consequence of ineffective play.

Sypek: Bombardir to Undergo Knee Surgery

Fran Sypek [url=http://www.masslive.com/sypek/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/1130053370252100.xml&coll=1]reports that defenseman Brad Bombardir is scheduled to undergo knee surgery which may put his season in jeopardy.[/url] The news comes as the Falcons find themselves in the midst of a brief tailspin that has seen them give up 15 goals in their last two contests.

Norrena Drops Third Game of Season

After a red hot start Linkopings has hit a rough patch in late October. Today the team dropped a decision in which goaltender Fredrik Norrena stopped just 14 of 18 shots faced. Norrena was pulled with about two and a half minutes to go as Linkopings surrendered an empty net goal.

Commentary: Hockey's Future = Hacks

By now you might've seen the laughable hack job committed by Hockey's Future on the Tampa Bay Lightning's prospect system in their [url=http://www.hockeysfuture.com/article.php?sid=8041&mode=threaded&order=0]Fall Organizational Rankings.[/url] As if trying to outdo their previous display of shear ignorance, HF has moved the Lightning down from 29th to 30th despite the fact the Lightning organization's prospects, which they largely ignore, are performing better this year than at any time since the goldmine year of 1999-2000 when Brad Richards, Dimitry Afanasenkov and Sheldon Keefe were in their last year of junior. What I find extremely laughable is that an organization that hasn't published an article on the Tampa Bay Lightning's prospects in over [b]two months[/b], and which still hasn't updated their top-20 prospects for the Lightning because they lack anyone competent enough to do the job, actually has the chutzpah to claim any legitimacy in their critique. This is a group which [b]does not even have a writer[/b] for the Lightning at the moment. How can they be so irresponsible as to publish organizational rankings like this when they have so clearly [b]ignored[/b] the Tampa Bay Lightning for the past year?

Game Night 10/28: Titans at Chiefs

Still winless, but getting closer. TRN-3 JHN-2 (SO) Jonathan Boutin stopped 37 of 39 in regulation and overtime before taking the shootout loss. Brady Greco with his second goal in as many games. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=2317]ECHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 10/28: Lock Monsters at Falcons

[i]Oh no, we suck again.[/i] LOW-7 SPR-3 Brian Eklund straffed with 46 shots on net and a penalty shot to boot. Unfortunately Todd Rohloff didn't return in this game, although at this stage I'm not sure how much of a difference he alone can make. The Falcons were outshot 46 to 29 in this game, which is far to reminiscent of many a performance last season. The struggles then were a consequence of inexperience. Now? It's probably no coincidence the level of play dropped off in Springfield from opening night when Paul Ranger left the team. And it's also no surprise it fell completely off the table without Artyukhin. Springfield lost, arguably, 2 of their 3 best skaters from opening night and it shows. I hope Jay Feaster makes some sort of decision regarding the checking liners soon for Springfield's sake. Lone silver lining in the game: Marek Kvapil got his first two pro points. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001125]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 10/28: Capitals at Lightning

If you don't give up breakaways on the old man, Burke will make saves for you. WSH-2 TB-4 11:30 of ice time and a +2 for Paul Ranger with 2 blocked shots. Artyukhin and Tarnasky were effective with some ice time early in the first, but rode the pine most of the game. 3:28 with 1 hit for Artyukhin. 3:08 and a -1 for Tarnasky. Considering how badly the Falcons got pasted tonight and the salary cap space that is evaporating day by day, I hope Feaster makes a decision soon on Artyukhin, Tarnasky, Dingman and Cibak. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020155.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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