After starting the season with an undefeated run through their non-conference schedule and being ranked as high as #1 in the country, the Maine Black Bears (21-12-2), now ranked #14, struggled through the Hockey East schedule. The Black Bears finished fifth in the conference and failed to get home-ice advantage in the first round of the conference tournament, which opens this weekend with Maine against #15 Massachusetts.
Despite their rough road this season, defenseman Mike Lundin has continued his consistent play on the blue-line for the Black Bears, becoming a leader in the locker room. This has him optimistic about his future in hockey and with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
What a wretched third period.
Johan Holmqvist allowed 5 goals on 28 shots in the loss as the Lightning were outshot 28-17 in the game. Vincent Lecavalier had the only Lightning goal with assists from Filip Kuba and Dan Boyle. The Lightning collapsed practically from the drop of the puck in the third period allowing three goals in the frame to drop them 2 points back of Atlanta in the Southeast Division. Shame.
Game sheet from NHL.com.
In their opening match of the Elitserien playoffs, #4 Linkopings easily knocked off #7 ranked Lulea 6-1. Lightning blueline prospect and Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Week Andreas Holmqvist had a pair of power play assists in the game. Game Two is scheduled for Thursday.
In other games on the schedule, #1 Farjestads shut out #8 Mora 4-0, #6 Brynas defeated #2 HV71 4-3 and #5 Timra beat #3 MODO 2-1.
VANCOUVER (CP) - There were nights playing with the Anaheim Ducks that defenceman Shane O'Brien felt like a race horse being held back by a jockey.
His instincts told him to charge. But he was constantly being told to hold back, don't take any chances, don't make any mistakes.
That's why O'Brien is thankful for the change in style since being traded from the Ducks to the Tampa Bay Lightning last week. Read More (CBC Sports/Canadian Press)