Although they only needed one of the following teams to lose, with losses tonight by both Montreal and Toronto the Lightning have clinched a spot in the 2007 playoffs. They've also clinched - at worst - the 7 seed, though their eyes are on Atlanta and the division.
In Game One of the Swedish Elitserien finals, Linkopings defeated MODO 5-1 to stake themselves to a 1-0 series lead. Lightning prospect defenseman Andreas Holmqvist rose to the occassion posting 1 goal and 1 assist with 2 penalty minutes in the game. Game Two is scheduled for Friday.
Johnstown's winning streak stops at 4.
Johnstown holds a 2 point lead on Wheeling and a 3 point lead on Reading (with the Royals holding 1 game in hand) for the final playoff spot in the North Division.
Johnstown has two games remaining on their schedule, a home and home against Reading.
Wheeling has a home and home against Trenton remaining on their schedule.
Reading has one game at Trenton remaining before their home and home against the Chiefs.
TOL Smith, (5) , 7:52 (SH)
JHN Adams, (5) (Jacobsen, Kvapil), 14:34 (PP)
TOL Hall, (3) (Sullivan, Mulherin), 4:17
TOL Parillo, (14) (Walsh, Songin), 7:51 (PP)
Game sheet from ECHL.com.
Jonathan Boutin snapped out of a recent slump to stop 27 of 29 shots faced for the win. Veteran Kyle Wanvig led the way with a pair of goals while David Spina notched a pair of assists. ATO signee Jacob Micflikier scored the game winning goal while Adam Henrich, Joe Rullier, Eric Healey and Daniel Corso added helpers. Wanvig, Boutin and MicFlikier were named the game's three stars.
SPR Wanvig, (20) (Henrich, Spina), 14:08
SPR Wanvig, (21) (Spina, Rullier), 19:59
ALB Bayda, (28) (Willis, Aucoin), 1:55
ALB Cumiskey, (6) (Willis), 6:22 (PP)
SPR Micflikier, (2) (Healey, Corso), 16:41
Game sheet from TheAHL.com.
Thrashers lose 3-2 to the Caps at home in "Blue Land" (which also shares a border with "How Stupid Will You Feel If You Traded Three First Round Picks To Finish Second in the Division Land"). Atlanta wastes their game in hand and now, if the Lightning get just 1 point out of their next game against the Panthers it will set up an epic season finale with a championship banner on the line.