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Mark Tobin's Status

Bolt Prospects' Chad Schnarr has learned that left wing Mark Tobin, whose season with the Rimouski Oceanic just ended, will not be signed early by the Lightning. In addition, there is considerable doubt as to whether or not Tobin will be signed at all this summer. If he is not, the Newfoundland native will re-enter the draft in June.

Game Night 3/20: Lightning at Panthers

I don't know if I should be outraged or jubilant. TB-5 FLA-6 (OT) The Lightning scored 4 unanswered goals in the 3rd period just to get a point in the standings, and every point is precious right now. Gerald Coleman, unfortunately, took his first NHL loss in relief as Olli Jokinen beat him on a breakaway in overtime. In Coleman's two appearances this season he's been beaten by Marian Hossa and now Jokinen on clean breakaways. He stopped 12 of 13 shots faced after entering the game to start the third period after John Grahame was chased for allowing 5 goals on 25 shots. Martin St. Louis keyed the comeback with two goals and Ryan Craig continued to shine with a goal and an assist. Paul Ranger played 20:18 and was -2 including the miscue at the blueline that led to Jokinen's winner. That's about three straight minus games for the usually flawless rookie. Craig played 16:53 and was +2 with 1 shot on goal which he made the most of. Evgeny Artyukhin played 10:14 and was -1 with 2 shots and 2 hits. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021013.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]

Lightning/Falcons Re-Up Affiliation Agreement

The Falcons and Lightning [url=http://www.masslive.com/sypek/republican/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/114275777754670.xml&coll=1]have agreed to a two year extention to their existing affiliation agreement which has one year remaining to go.[/url] The agreement establishes an out clause which requires the Lightning to have another full affiliation AND Springfield to have another NHL full affiliation before the agreement can be dissolved.

Superleague Opening Round: Day Five

Khimik survived the first round of the Superleague playoffs by winning the deciding game five today against Nizhnekamsk 2-1. Alexei Glukhov had 2 penalty minutes in the game. With Khimik's victory the elite eight quarterfinal round is set. Nikita Alexeev's Avangard Omsk will face CSKA. Vasily Koshechkin and Lada Togliatti will face the colossal challenge of Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Finally, Anton But and the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv will throw down with Khimik MO and Alexei Glukhov.

Linkopings/Lulea Game Five

Linkopings defeated Lulea 3-1 today to take a 3-2 series lead in the first round of the Eliserien playoffs. Fredrik Norrena did not dress for Linkopings in the game. Shane Willis also did not dress for Linkopings.
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