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Wednesday's Elitserien Playoff Score

Farjestads defeated Linkopings 4-3 in overtime in the opening game of their semifinal playoff matchup. Defenseman Andreas Holmqvist was held scoreless in the match for Linkopings.

Tuesday and Wednesday's Superleague Playoff Scores

Tuesday
Kazan defeated Khimik in Game One of their semifinal series 3-1. Dimitri Kazionov had an assist in the game for Ak Bars.

Omsk defeated Yaroslavl in Game One of their semifinal series 5-2. Evgeny Artyukhin did not suit up for the Lokomotive.

Wednesday
Kazan took a 2-0 lead in their semifinal series by defeating Khimik 5-1. Dimitri Kazionov had 1 goal and 1 assist in the match.

Yaroslavl tied their seminal round series at 1-1 by defeating Omsk 4-3. Evgeny Artyukhin was -2 in his first action of the playoffs.

No Prospect of the Week

I've made the executive decision, in light of the Lightning and Falcons dissolving their affiliation agreement, to not name a Prospect of the Week for 3/12 through 3/18. I would instead like to use this opportunity to salute the Springfield Falcons' fans. Things may not have ended the way the Lightning and the Falcons had hoped, but there's no doubting the class of the Springfield fans and the role that Springfield has played in already putting 4 Lightning prospects full time into the NHL (Ranger, Artyukhin, Craig and Tarnasky).

NHL Game Night 3/20: Islanders at Lightning

Sorry for my tardiness.

NYI-3
TB-4 (OT)

Johan Holmqvist stopped 21 of 24 shots faced for the win. Eric Perrin and Jason Ward led the way with 1 goal and 1 assist while Brad Richards had a pair of helpers. Vincent Lecavalier and Filip Kuba scored the other Lightning goals. Martin St. Louis, Doug Janik, Ruslan Fedotenko and Dan Boyle had individual helpers.

Game sheet from NHL.com.

Atherton, Smolenak Return to Johnstown

According to ECHL.com, the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned rookie left wing Radek Smolenak and the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League have reassigned rookie defenseman P.J. Atherton to Johnstown.

Smolenak has 25 points (13g-12a) and 31 penalty minutes in 32 games with Johnstown and one assist and eight penalty minutes in 20 games with Springfield.

Atherton has 26 points (4g-22a) and 46 penalty minutes in 49 games with Johnstown and two points (1g-1a) and two penalty minutes in seven games with Springfield.

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