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Submitted by pete on April 2, 2006 - 16:29
HPK will have plenty of rest by the time the SM-liiga semifinals begin on April 5th. HPK disposed of Ilves in a quick 4 game sweep and will now face #2 seed HIFK in the next round. HPK was the #3 seed in Finland's top league entering the postseason.
Submitted by pete on April 2, 2006 - 16:25
With a lae goal today, Magnitogorsk toppled Avangard Omsk 4-3 today to tie their semifinal series a 1-1. Nikita Alexeev still has yet to suit up in a game for Omsk during the playoffs.
Submitted by pete on April 1, 2006 - 21:17
It almost makes me vomit when we drop a game to these clowns. TB-2 FLA-4 You know what the difference is between the inspired effort against the Thrashers and this stinker tonight? Fear. The Lightning are afraid of Ilya Kovalchuk in particular, so they bring their highest intensity level to the rink. Against Florida? These are the patsies that allowed the Lightning to score 4 goals in the third period to tie it last game, so zero intensity. And when you do that, even against patsies, you will lose if the patsies have a goaltender like Roberto Luongo. Lesson learned, I hope. Florida is on the schedule two more times. John Grahame stopped 22 of 26 before being pulled for Sean Burke who stopped 9 of 9. Paul Ranger was -2 in 25:44 with 4 shots and 1 blocked shot. Get well soon Boyle and Kubina. Ryan Craig was -1 in 15:41 with 2 shots, 1 hit and 1 blocked shot. Timo Helbling was -1 in 11:27 with 1 hit. Evgeny Artyukhin had 3 shots and 1 hit in 5:45. Bringing up the rear, Doug O'Brien played just 4 shifts getting 2:45 of ice time. There's a vote of no confidence right there. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS021102.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on April 1, 2006 - 21:13
Morgan Cey greeted rudely in his ECHL return. JHN-2 WHE-5 Cey stopped 30 of 34 before Wheeling tacked on the empty net goal. Dennis Packard stayed hot with 2 assists while Andre Deveaux potted his 4th goal in the ECHL. Game sheet from [url=http://www.echl.com/cgi-bin/ppublic.cgi?action=summary&id=3135]ECHL.com.[/url]
Submitted by pete on April 1, 2006 - 21:11
Kazan crushed Yaroslavl 5-1 today in the opening game of their semifinal series. Winger Anton But was held scoreless for the Lokomotiv in the game.