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Game Night 4/6: Thrashers at Lightning

The Lightning had an opportunity to put the stake completely through the Thrashers' heart tonight. They only managed to drive the stake halfway through. ATL-2 TB-3 (SO) It was Sean Burke versus Mike Dunham in a matchup of the two slowest goaltenders in the league. Burke stopped 29 of 31 before stopping 2 of 3 in penalty shots. This I know for certain: Brad Richards is money in shootouts. Ryan Craig scored the 15th goal of his rookie season on the power play. Pavel Kubina's return tonight pushes Timo Helbling out of the lineup. Paul Ranger played 18:41 with 1 shot and 4 blocked shots. Craig was -1 in 15:37 with 4 shots and 1 block. Evgeny Artyukhin played 5:19 with 1 hit. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021136.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

NCAA Tournament Tonight

Boston College defeated North Dakota 6-5 today to advance to the national championship game on Saturday. Despite going scoreless in the contest, Matt Smaby was a physical force for the Fighting Sioux landing open ice hit after open ice hit in the game. The Matt Smaby signing watch begins now. Despite a third period goal by Mike Lundin, Maine fell 5-2 to Wisconsin. Lundin put up big minutes of the Black Bears' blueline in the game. Boston College and Wisconsin will meet Saturday in the national championship game.

Linkopings/Frolunda Game Seven

Frolunda, who at one point was down 3-1 in their semifinal series with Linkopings, defeated Linkopings 2-0 today in a deciding game seven. Fredrik Norrena stopped 23 of 25 in the loss. Frolunda will play Farjestads in the Elitserien finals. Linkopings dropped game six to Frolunda on Tuesday 4-1 as Fredrik Norrena allowed 4 goals on 29 shots faced. The loss marks the end of the season for Fredrik Norrena, Andreas Holmqvist and Shane Willis.

Superleague Semifinals: Day Seven

The finals for the Russian Superleague are set. Omsk defeated Magnitogorsk 3-2 today in overtime to win their semifinal series 3 games to 1. In the finals it will be Omsk against Ak Bars Kazan. Nikita Alexeev was scoreless in the match. Omsk also has former Lightning player Alex Svitov on its roster. Svitov has 4 goals and 5 points through 10 playoff games thus far.

Will the Lightning Attempt to Sign Smaby for the Playoffs?

Here's an interesting question for you Bolt Prospecteers to try and answer that was asked to me by our web guru Tim: North Dakota's season, one way or another, will be over by late Saturday night. Hopefully, on that night, Smaby and his Fighting Sioux will be playing in the national championship game against the winner of Wisconsin and Maine. When it's over, will the Lightning attempt to sign Smaby as their #7 or #8 defenseman going into the playoffs? Considering the meager ice time Timo Helbling and Doug O'Brien have gotten with the Lightning's recent injuries, I wouldn't be surprised if they do.
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