Boutin, Jonathan

Springfield Notes: Boutin Back, Spina Moved to Center

According to today's Springfield Republican:

Jonathan Boutin has returned from injury (which was a concussion) and the team will carry three goaltenders into the weekend: Boutin, Karri Ramo, and Gerald Coleman. The paper says that a roster move could be made on Monday. Of interest here is Tampa Bay GM Jay Feaster telling the Tampa papers today that he doesn't want to deal off a player from the NHL roster, but instead - if a deal is to be made - he would use a prospect/pick. Tampa currently has three AHL-caliber goaltenders. Hmmmm…..

Also, Falcons Coach Steve Stirling plans to permanently move David Spina to center. Stirling likes the way Spina and Kyle Wanvig work with each other and the physical presence of Brandon Elliott on that line. The Republican points out Spina assisted on all three of Wanvig’s goals against Hartford the other night.

Probable top-3 lines entering the weekend:

Eric Healey – Daniel Corso – Norm Milley
Kyle Wanvig – David Spina – Brandon Elliott
Marek Kvapil – Dan Cavanaugh – Justin Keller

Coleman recalled to Springfield; Boutin has minor injury

Johnstown, PA (February 5, 2007) – The Johnstown Chiefs on Monday announced that goaltender Gerald Coleman has been recalled to the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

Bolt Prospects has learned from sources within the Lightning organization that the reason for the recall is that Jonathan Boutin is not 100% healthy and may not be able to dress for the Falcon's next game.

AHL Game Day 2/3: Falcons at Marlies

And the losing streak reaches six games...


Jonathan Boutin stopped 25 of 28 shots faced in the loss. Eric Healey scored the lone Falcons goal off assists from Doug O'Brien and Norm Milley.

First Period
TOR Murphy, (13) (Sifers, Westrum), 9:45 (PP)
TOR Mitchell, (8) (Wozniewski, Murphy), 12:48

Second Period
SPR Healey, (21) (O'Brien, Milley), 6:46 (PP)

Third Period
TOR Leeb, (6) (Westrum), 14:11

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AHL Game Night 1/27: Phantoms at Falcons

Unfortunately, I think this may go down as the weekend that killed any legitimate playoff hopes for the Falcons.


Jonathan Boutin stopped 30 of 32 shots faced in the loss but was named second star of the game. Andy Delmore had the only Falcons goal.

First Period
PHI Zingoni, (9) (Slaney, Ellison), 4:02 (PP)

Second Period
PHI Ellison, (6) (Davis, Kane), 15:53

Third Period
SPR Delmore, (12) , 14:10

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AHL Game Day 1/20:

Somebody forgot to tell the Falcons to play dead.


Jonathan Boutin stopped 23 of 24 shots faced for the win and actually held a shutout up until just 3:11 left in the game's final frame. The Falcons' goals came from Blair Jones and Eric Healey with assists to Norm Milley and Matt Smaby. Boutin and Healey were named first and third stars of the game, respectively. Springfield outshot Worcester 30-24 in the game.

The win moves the Falcons 1 point behind Portland and Providence which are currently tied with 46 points in the standings and occupying the 3rd and 4th spots (the final two playoff spots) in the Atlantic Division.

First Period

Second Period

Third Period
SPR Jones, (5) , 7:07
SPR Healey, (19) (Milley, Smaby), 14:54
WOR Prudden, (1) (Mink, Kaspar), 16:49

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AHL Game Day 1/15: Monarchs and Falcons

Under .500.


Karri Ramo started the game and was in net until the 9:50 mark of the second period when he gave way to Jonathan Boutin for the final 10:10 of the period before returning for the third period. Boutin ended up taking the loss allowing a pair of power play goals on 3 shots. Ramo stopped 16 of 18 shots faced in his portion of the game. No word on if Ramo suffered any minor injury as of yet. Randy Rowe and David Spina had the Falcons' goals with assists going to Dan Cavanaugh, Mitch Fritz, Eric Healey and Daniel Corso. The Falcons did manage to outshoot Manchester 33-25 in the game buy allowed the Monarchs to go 3-for-5 on the power play giving up 3 PP goals in the span of 5 minutes in the second period to lose the game.

The Falcons drop to 1 game under .500 and are now in last place in the Atlantic Division. That's the bad news. The good news is they're only 2 points out of 4th place which represents the final playoff spot, so if Norm Milley and/or Justin Keller can get back in the lineup posthaste and the Falcons can find a way out of this tailspin, they're not sunk yet.

First Period
MCH Zeiler, (11) (Moulson), 15:25
SPR Rowe, (2) (Cavanaugh, Fritz), 17:36

Second Period
SPR Spina, (5) (Healey, Corso), 7:37 (PP)
MCH Stephenson, (3) (Ryan, Hoffman), 9:50 (PP)
MCH O'Sullivan, (15) (Schmidt, Kemp), 11:28 (PP)
MCH Moulson, (9) (Werner, Clarke), 15:11 (PP)

Third Period
MCH Gauthier, (8) , 18:48 (EN)

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AHL Game Night 1/13: Sharks at Falcons

Officially in free fall.


Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 28 shots before leaving the game for Jonathan Boutin with a little over 10 minutes left in the game. Boutin stopped 2 of 2 shots faced. Daniel Corso had 1 goal and 1 assist and was named second star of the game. Sylvain Dufresne had the other Falcons goal while David Spina and Andy Rogers had individual assists.

The Falcons have now lost four in a row and six of their last seven games. With Norm Milley and Justin Keller out of the lineup they've been reduced to a one line team and other than David Spina none of the supporting cast has really stepped up to fill the void. Blair Jones? Zero shots on goal. Marek Kvapil? -3. Something's got to give.

First Period
SPR Dufresne, (2) (Spina, Corso), 12:07

Second Period
WOR Darche, (25) (Mink, Stafford), 9:02
WOR Leisenring, (1) (Bernier), 18:02

Third Period
WOR Leisenring, (2) (Prudden), 0:45 (SH)
WOR Kaspar, (3) (Prudden, Leisenring), 8:32
SPR Corso, (8) (Rogers), 11:12

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AHL Game Night 1/6: Wolf Pack at Falcons

Ugly ugly second period.


Jonathan Boutin allowed 5 goals on 34 shots faced including 4 goals in a second period that saw the birds get outshot 22-4 by Hartford. Damn. Andy Delmore led the Falcons with a pair of first period power play goals and Maxime Boisclair added his first career AHL goal, a power play talley. Individual helpers belonged to Blair Jones, Doug O'Brien, David Spina, Eric Healey, Zdenek Blatny and Matt Smaby. Smaby now has 4 points in his last 7 games. Springfield draws Providence at 4pm tomorrow afternoon. Portland moved back into a tie for 2nd in the Atlantic with a win over Worcester tonight and Hartford, after an abysmal start to their season, has now pulled into third place just 2 points back of the Falcons and Pirates.

First Period
HFD Korpikoski, (5) (Girardi), 3:33 (SH)
SPR Delmore, (10) (Jones, O'Brien), 4:55
SPR Delmore, (11) (Spina, Healey), 6:04 (PP)

Second Period
HFD Isbister, (7) (Dawes, Helminen), 5:10 (PP)
HFD Byers, (9) (Lampman, Liffiton), 10:05 (PP)
HFD Dawes, (6) (Graham), 16:05
HFD Dawes, (7) (Isbister), 19:34

Third Period
SPR Boisclair, (1) (Blatny, Smaby), 6:21 (PP)
HFD Helminen, (7) (Callahan), 19:42 (EN/SH)

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Bolt Prospects Prospect of the Month: December

There were several very worthy candidates for this month's award, so this was probably the most difficult decision to make in the short history of the Prospect of the Month honor. Four Lightning prospects, two of them overage players, had strong months posting point a game or better paces: Dane Crowley (10 GP, 2-8-10, 24 PIM, +3), Chris Lawrence, (12 GP, 5-7-12, 25 PIM, +5), Eric Healey, (15 GP, 7-11-18, 38 PIM, +3), and Norm Milley, (15 GP, 9-6-15, 42 PIM, +2). Each of these players could've easily won the award, but December was the month of the goaltender in the Lightning prospect system. So without further adieu, this month's winner is...

Bolt Prospects Prospect(s) of the Week: 11/27-12/3

There can be co-winners because it's my column and I make the rules...

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