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Submitted by pete on April 22, 2006 - 11:24
HPK are the champions of the Finnish SM-liiga. HPK defeated Pori Assat 4-1 today to win their SM-liiga championship series 3-1. Miika Wiikman stopped 17 of 18 shots faced in the game. For Lightning prospect [url=karri-ramo]Karri Ramo[/url], who was Wiikman's backup for the series, the championship completes the worst to first transition from his Lahti Pelicans club of last season which finished dead last in the standings to HPK this season where he now can claim an SM-liiga championship.
Submitted by pete on April 21, 2006 - 21:35
And then there was one... [b]WHL[/b] Moose Jaw won game one of their WHL Eastern Conference Final series against Medicine Hat 3-2 to take a 1-0 series lead. [url=blair-jones]Blair Jones[/url] had a power play assist in the win. Through 14 postseason games thus far Jones has 6 goals and 15 points.
Submitted by pete on April 21, 2006 - 20:41
Opportunity lost. Ottawa leads the series 1-0. TB-1 OTT-4 John Grahame, who played well, stopped 34 of 37 before Ottawa tacked on an empty net goal. Grahame held Ottawa scoreless through 40 minutes before allowing three in the third period, only one of which by Spezza he could really be faulted for. The good news is that the Lightning got 36 shots on goal on Ray Emery. The shame is that they seemingly could not finish to save their lives. The team hit a couple of crossbars that could've meant a critical 2-0 or even 3-0 lead and had multiple other chances that they squandered. They have to bury those chances and get another good goaltending performance from John Grahame to even the series in game two. [url=ryan-craig]Ryan Craig[/url] was even in 16:00 in his first career playoff game. He had 2 shots and 1 hit. [url=paul-ranger]Paul Ranger[/url] played 15:38 of even hockey with 1 shot, 2 hits and 2 blocked shots. [url=evgeny-artyukhin]Evgeny Artyukhin[/url] had 2 hits in 3:22. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS030111.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on April 21, 2006 - 14:16
Lightning prospect winger [url=justin-keller]Justin Keller[/url] has been [url=http://whl.ca/news/?id=4304]nominated out of the Western Conference for WHL player of the year.[/url] Keller finished the WHL regular season 1st in goals and 5th in overall scoring before his Kelowna Rockets lost to Everett in the second round of the playoffs. Out of the Eastern Conference, goaltender Justin Pogge of Calgary may be the favorite to win the award.
Submitted by pete on April 20, 2006 - 16:23
I haven't seen them officially released anywhere yet, but Bolt Prospects does have access to the CSS's password protected site and they have complete their Final Rankings for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Bolt Prospects will go into more detail on some of these players later in the summer, but for now, here's a sampler: [b]North American Skaters[/b] 1. D Erik Johnson, 6'4" 222 lbs, USNTDP (US) 2. C Jordan Staal, 6'4" 215 lbs, Peterborough (OHL) 3. C/W Jonathan Toews, 6'1.5" 195 lbs, North Dakota (WCHA) 4. C Derick Brassard, 6'0.5" 172 lbs, Drummondville (QMJHL) 5. C Phil Kessel, 6'0" 189 lbs, Minnesota (WCHA)