CHL Playoffs Tonight: 4/2

There were no Lightning prospects in action in the CHL Playoffs last night. [b]QMJHL[/b] Chicoutimi (Stanislav Lascek) continues to rest after sweeping Baie-Comeau in the first round of the QMJHL playoffs. [b]OHL[/b] Kevin Beech had a 33 save shutout as Sudbury defeated Kingston 4-0 to advance to the second round of the OHL playoffs winning their series 4-2. Beech was named second star of the game. Radek Smolenak's season comes to an end in a game where he was scoreless and -1 with 2 PIMs for Kingston. [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw triumphed tonight in a pivotal game five defeating Brandon 1-0 to take a 3-2 series lead. Blair Jones scored the only goal of the game and was named second star in the win. Kelowna defeated Kootenay 5-2 to win their first round series 4-2. Justin Keller was scoreless and even in the game. The Rockets won three straight games after falling behind 2-1 earlier in the series.

Game Day 4/2: Falcons at Bruins

It's just painful. SPR-2 PRO-6 Gerald Coleman stopped just 29 of 35 in the loss. Springfield got a power play goal from Ryan Vesce in the first on the power play from PJ Atherton and Dan Cavanaugh and a garbage time goal with 19 seconds left from Jason Jaspers. Jaspers' goal was his 25th from Kvapil and Blatny. Kvapil has 17 goals and 41 points in 72 games as a rookie. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002030]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Linkopings/Frolunda Game Five

With their backs against the wall, Vastra Frolunda responded today downing Linkopings 3-1. Linkopings still holds a 3-2 series lead in the Elitserien semifinal matchup. Shane Willis and Andreas Holmqvist were scoreless in the game. Fredrik Norrena stopped 24 of 27 shots faced in the loss.

SM-liiga Semifinals Set

HPK will have plenty of rest by the time the SM-liiga semifinals begin on April 5th. HPK disposed of Ilves in a quick 4 game sweep and will now face #2 seed HIFK in the next round. HPK was the #3 seed in Finland's top league entering the postseason.

Superleague Semifinals: Day Three

With a lae goal today, Magnitogorsk toppled Avangard Omsk 4-3 today to tie their semifinal series a 1-1. Nikita Alexeev still has yet to suit up in a game for Omsk during the playoffs.

Game Night 4/1: Lightning at Panthers

It almost makes me vomit when we drop a game to these clowns. TB-2 FLA-4 You know what the difference is between the inspired effort against the Thrashers and this stinker tonight? Fear. The Lightning are afraid of Ilya Kovalchuk in particular, so they bring their highest intensity level to the rink. Against Florida? These are the patsies that allowed the Lightning to score 4 goals in the third period to tie it last game, so zero intensity. And when you do that, even against patsies, you will lose if the patsies have a goaltender like Roberto Luongo. Lesson learned, I hope. Florida is on the schedule two more times. John Grahame stopped 22 of 26 before being pulled for Sean Burke who stopped 9 of 9. Paul Ranger was -2 in 25:44 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot. Get well soon Boyle and Kubina. Ryan Craig was -1 in 15:41 with 2 shots, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Timo Helbling was -1 in 11:27 with 1 hit. Evgeny Artyukhin had 3 shots and 1 hit in 5:45. Bringing up the rear, Doug O'Brien played just 4 shifts getting 2:45 of ice time. There's a vote of no confidence right there. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021102.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Game Night 4/1: Chiefs at Nailers

Morgan Cey greeted rudely in his ECHL return. JHN-2 WHE-5 Cey stopped 30 of 34 before Wheeling tacked on the empty net goal. Dennis Packard stayed hot with 2 assists while Andre Deveaux potted his 4th goal in the ECHL. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=3135]ECHL.com.[/url]

Superleague Semifinals: Day Two

Kazan crushed Yaroslavl 5-1 today in the opening game of their semifinal series. Winger Anton But was held scoreless for the Lokomotiv in the game.

Game Night 4/1: Falcons at Wolf Pack

Sadly, this was actually an improvement. SPR-3 HFD-5 Gerald Coleman stopped 41 of 46 and had an assist in the game. Gerard Dicaire, rightfully, was a scratch so the Falcons again went with 5 defensemen and Tarnasky with Ray Schultz's return to the lineup. Tarnasky scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season while Dan Cavanaugh had a goal and an assist. Helpers were also earned by Norm Milley, Jason Jaspers and Darren Reid. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1002016]TheAHL.com.[/url]

Linkopings/Djurgardens Game Four

Shane Willis scored the game winning goal today 2:14 into overtime to lead Linkopings to a 4-3 victory over Djurgardens. Linkopings now holds a 3-1 series lead in the semifinal matchup. Willis also had an assist on Linkopings' first goal. Fredrik Norrena stopped 24 of 27 in the win.
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