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Chicoutimi Still Riding High

For the fourth straight week [url=http://www.lhjmq.qc.ca/lang_en/index.php?page=232&id_nouvelle=935&PHPSESSID=079d33dfcd943d9da0b02bbf6aac3932]the Chicoutimi Sangueneens are the #1 ranked team in the CHL according to the Bank of Montreal CHL Top 10 rankings.[/url] Chicoutimi remains atop the standings despite not having the services of stars Stanislav Lascek and Marek Zagrapan who spent the last week playing in the World Junior Championships in Vancouver for Team Slovakia. Both players should return to Chicoutimi this weekend as the Sangueneens continue their pursuit of the QMJHL title and a M

WJC Game 12: Switzwerland vs. Slovakia

Slovakia and Switzerland battled to a 3-3 tie in their final match of the relegation round. The Slovaks battled back from two Swiss 2 goal leads to tie the game thanks in part to goals by Lightning prospects Marek Bartanus and Stanislav Lascek. Bartanus finished +2 on the game while Lascek finished +1. Defenseman Vladamir Mihalik finished even with 2 shots on goal. Switzerland won the relegation round on goal differential by one goal. [b]Final Lightning Prospect Statistics: Slovakia[/b] Stanislav Lascek, 6GP, 6-3-9, 8 PIM, (+3), 18 SOG Vladamir Mihalik, 6GP, 0-3-3, 8 PIM, (-1), 8 SOG Marek Bartanus, 5GP, 1-0-1, 4 PIM (-4), 4 SOG

Game Night 1/4: Falcons at River Rats

A depleted Falcons roster failed to halt a long losing streak. SPR-1 ALB-4 Coleman stopped 27 of 31 in the loss. Marek Kvapil scored Springfield's lone goal on an assist by David Spina. Game sheet from [url=http://ahl.leaguestat.com/stats/game-summary.php?game_id=1001503]TheAHL.com.[/url]

WJC Game 11: Canada vs. Finland

Canada did what Sweden could not do and solved Tuukka Rask to [url=http://www.iihf.com/Hydra/Tournaments_06/output/w20/hydra.iihf.com/data/iihf/output/xml/55/IHM055225_74_1_0.html]defeat Finland 4-0[/url] and move on to the gold medal match against the winner of tonight's USA vs. Russia matchup. Rask made 39 saves on 43 shots and, in total, faced 96 shots in the span of 24 hours. Finland will play the loser of the USA vs. Russia game Thursday in the bronze medal match.

Game Night 1/3: Lightning at Rangers

What a gritty, gutty performance by a tired and undermanned Tampa Bay Lightning led by John Grahame. TB-1 NYR-0 (OT) John Grahame made 36 saves for the shutout while Vaclav Prospal picked countryman Petr Prucha's pocket to deposit the game winning goal late in overtime. Prospal's thievery was made possible by an incredible diving poke check just moments earlier by Paul Ranger on a Michael Nylander breakaway attempt. Ranger played 15:46 of even hockey with two takeaways. Evgeny Artyukhin played a quiet 10:56 as the checking lines were limited in ice time due to newcomers Jim Campbell and Norm Milley joining the team. Ryan Craig was scratched again with a broken toe. Game sheet from [url=http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20052006/GS020585.HTM]NHL.com.[/url]
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